Local high school sophomore working to save lives

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Robert Harrison is only a sophomore at Grand Junction High, but his successful journey to install an A.E.D. in GJHS will help to save people of all ages.

Harrison is the founder of From The Heart, For the Heart, an organization dedicated to ensuring the safety of students, athletes, fans, and staff members at all Grand Valley schools.

The sophomore got the idea to furnish all District 51 schools with an automated external defibrillator after hearing a story of another high school student dying from cardiac arrest following his school's basketball game. "I want to ensure the safety of my teammates and the athletes of visiting teams," said Harrison.

According to Harrison, it cost about $1,500 to purchase the defibrillator and pay for the training of 20 faculty members to utilize the equipment. From The Heart For The Heart acquires its funds from donations by private parties and local businesses, while also selling bracelets with company's name.

In order to learn more about Harrison's project, and to make donations, visit: http://fromtheheartfortheheart.org/

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