Medtronic gives county Red Cross $20,000 donation
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Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross to help expand disaster preparedness, with a focus on the Latino community, youth, and at risk populations in Sonoma County, Red Cross officials said.  

This grant will provide support for Red Cross compression-only CPR preparedness training at the Human Race, which takes place in Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 11. 

This year, the Red Cross booth will feature three stations.  At the first station, volunteers will teach participants how to perform CPR using a “hands-only” technique that has been proven to save lives.  At the second station, participants will learn proper operating techniques for an automated external defibrillator (AED).  

At the third station, volunteers will provide participants with materials and messages that stress the importance of being prepared in the event of a disaster. Following completion of the three stations, participants will receive a Red Cross tote bag and a “Be Red Cross Ready” information sheet.

“The grant provided by Medtronic will help the Red Cross educate many more people in disaster preparedness.  We are very grateful for their generosity and look forward to sharing this information with hundreds of local residents during the Human Race,” said Red Cross Regional CEO Tim Miller. More than 250 people visited the Red Cross booth at last year’s event.

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