The float celebrates a new law that requires CPR training of most
California high school students; Amazing stories tell how CPR saves lives
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Union
Bank and the American
Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate announced today the
14 Heart Heroes who will ride on their float Keep the Beat Alive
in the 2017 Rose Parade® presented by Honda.
The premier float features youths who saved lives by
administering CPR, as well as the people they saved, and honors the
passage of a new California law that will provide CPR training to
thousands of high school students each year. The float embodies the
parade’s theme Echoes of Success, by honoring its teen lifesavers
and the future generations of potential lifesavers the new legislation
The float riders, who come from three different Western states and range
in age from 11 to 75 years, will stand on the float’s 55-foot long
floral piano keyboard and among its four eight-foot tall floral drums
and a nine-foot heart-shaped DJ booth. The musical elements represent
the beat of the heart and the correct compression rate for CPR
administration — a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.
A CPR dance team comprised of 28 local Crenshaw High School and Abraham
Lincoln High School students will walk alongside the float and engage
the audience with a CPR-inspired dance.
“We are so proud to call attention to these amazing teens and adults who
saved a life or have been saved through CPR. The mission of our
beautiful float is to spread the word to millions of people that CPR
training saves lives,” said Pierre P. Habis, head of Union Bank Consumer
Banking. “Everyone should learn CPR — as you can see from these
inspiring float riders, you never know when you might be called upon to
save a life with CPR.”
“We encourage everyone to get CPR training — it only takes a few
minutes to learn hands-only CPR,” Kathy Rogers, Executive Vice President
for the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate. “We are so
thankful that Union Bank shares our mission to spread the message that
CPR is easy to learn and so important. We hope the stories of these
courageous teens and survivors will inspire others.”
The 14 CPR heroes riding on the float are (detailed bios and headshots
available on request):
Darian and Eunique Latchison, ages 16 and 12; Irene Sample, age 75,
Darian Latchison was desperate to save
the life of the woman who rescued him from homelessness and took in
his sister at birth. Irene Sample collapsed after walking home in
107-degree heat. Darian’s sister Eunique called 911 while Darian
performed chest compressions. “I kept thinking ‘No, you’re not going
yet. You have to see me graduate high school,’” Darian said. Irene,
who was required as a licensed foster parent to maintain a CPR
certification, had brought Darian and Eunique along to her CPR
Daniel and Jonathan Tyshler, ages 13 and 11; Boris 69, Seattle,
Daniel and Jonathan Tyshler were enjoying their
vacation in Southern California when their grandfather collapsed while
driving on the 405 freeway. Jonathan moved his grandfather’s head to
ensure blood flow while Daniel called 911 and began the compressions
he had learned the previous semester in school. CPR was critical –
Boris was without a pulse for 14 minutes.
Nathan Boyer, age 14; and Issac Wenrich, age 27, Chandler, Ariz.
new friends after his family moved across country was tough for Nathan
Boyer, but his baseball coach was always there to give him a pep talk
or make him laugh. In March 2016, Nathan and coach Isaac Wenrich were
practicing baseball drills when Isaac suddenly slumped to the ground.
Nathan began CPR, which he learned as a Boy Scout, and passed Isaac’s
phone to a bystander to call 911.
Steve and Lewis Griffith, 66 and 15, Forestville, Calif. (Sonoma
Lewis Griffith was watching TV when he heard a crash
and found his father on the floor. Calling to his mom to dial 911,
Lewis took his father’s pulse and, to his mother’s amazement, knew
just what to do. Lewis had received CPR training in school three
months earlier – he began CPR and continued for five minutes until
paramedics arrived to relieve him.
Madi Giese, age 17, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
As a young
girl collapsed on the tennis court, dozens of onlookers called 911 but
seemed frozen in shock. Madi Giese rushed to the girl’s side,
performing a dozen chest compressions before the girl coughed and took
a breath. Madi had learned CPR through the Junior Lifeguard Program.
“Because of my CPR training, I had the confidence to act. I was
determined to save her life,” Madi said.
Skylar Berry, age 13, Rio Linda, Calif.
When a classmate
was pulled from a swimming pool – unresponsive – Skylar Berry went
right to work administering CPR, continuing chest compressions for
five minutes until an adult could take over. Skylar, then 11, had
learned hands-only CPR just three months earlier. A week after the
incident, she founded a CPR club at her school to teach others the
Celine Showman, age 42, Oceanside, Calif.
still can’t remember the night she took her then eight-year-old
daughter Megan out to a sushi restaurant. As her mother slumped off
her stool, Megan started her mom’s “chain of survival” by calling for
help. Three Navy Corpsmen from Camp Pendleton appeared – one took
Megan away while the others began CPR. The woman and two men had just
returned from a deployment in Iraq.
Melissa Ziebell, age 35, Pasadena, Calif.
finish line of the Paris Half Marathon, Melissa Ziebell was ready for
her souvenir snapshot. The last thing she remembers was her legs
giving out. Two young girls trained in CPR came to her aid. An avid
athlete, Melissa was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and
underwent open heart surgery. She still wonders what might have
happened if she had suffered cardiac arrest while alone on a training
run, rather than near volunteers who were trained in life-saving CPR.
For three decades, Union Bank and the American Heart Association have
united in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1
and No. 5 killers of both men and women. Union Bank has been engaged in
multiple aspects of the AHA’s work, including fundraising, education,
volunteer leadership, employee involvement and health messaging. In the
last nine years alone, the bank’s employees and clients have donated
more than $8.6 million in support of the AHA’s critical research,
education, and prevention programs. 2017 will be the second year that
Union Bank has joined with the AHA in presenting a Rose Parade float.
In September 2016, the California State Legislature passed a law that
will require hands-only CPR training for a majority of high school
students. The bill will create a new generation of potential CPR
lifesavers who can make the difference in the few critical moments when
a person suffers cardiac arrest. Approximately 90 percent of people who
suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed
immediately and effectively, can double or triple a cardiac arrest
victim’s chance of survival.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart
disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We
team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for
stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and
information to prevent and treat these diseases. The association is the
nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting
heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call
1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org
or call any of our offices around the country.
About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts
America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented
by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern
Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of
the association will drive the success of 128th Rose Parade themed “Echoes
of Success,” on Monday, January 2, 2017, followed by the 103rd Rose
Bowl Game. For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.
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United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and
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customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions
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services. With assets of $116.9 billion, as of September 30, 2016, MUFG
Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital
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