Cori Fowler spreads AHA message in Uganda

Updated:Aug 13,2013

Cori Fowler in UgandaCori Fowler of Seattle, WA, is an amazing example of the spirit of volunteerism which advances our mission. She is the Business Development Director for our Puget Sound division and recently spent her summer vacation in Uganda assisting her father, a physician who has established an organization called Hands4Uganda to help support underprivileged children in the country.
Together they provided medical exams and physicals for nearly 200 students at the Rock of Ages School and helped them learn about hygiene and heart health. Cori explains, “We know this can help them live healthy lives as they grow into young adults.” She also hosted a health fair at the school. Over 75 parents attended and received basic necessities like toothbrushes, soap, first aid kits and clean water for their families.
Cori took that opportunity to educate the group about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using the CPR Anytime® kit. “It is important that these parents and children understand that Hands-Only CPR is a safe and easy procedure,” she explains. “Because AIDS is such a common disease in the community, CPR methods involving more contact are not well received.” She left several kits at the school so teachers can continue CPR instruction.
Hands Only CPR UgandaHer lesson was enlivened by the Hands-Only theme song "Stayin’ Alive" featuring the same beat required for successful CPR chest compressions. “I knew we were getting our message across the next day when I saw several kids singing 'Stayin’ Alive' and pushing on their chests,” she adds.
Cori credits her tenure with the American Heart Association for providing the knowledge to help the families she met in Uganda and plans to be a part of her father’s continuing efforts to improve health conditions there in the future.
Thank you, Cori, for your amazing work!