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Gala focuses on lifesaving during sudden cardiac event
Heart of Gold weekend focuses on response
Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Do you know what to do during a sudden cardiac event?

The Omar Carter Foundation, which will host its fourth annual Heart of Gold Community Outreach weekend on July 20-21, raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, teaches CPR and use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Carter, a Charlotte resident who played college basketball at Appalachian State University, launched the foundation in 2014 after collapsing from sudden cardiac arrest during a game. Carter was lifeless and without a heartbeat for 13 minutes, but intensive care nurse Kelly Thomas performed CPR compressions until emergency responders arrived.

Statistically, 90 percent of people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest die, primarily because they don’t get immediate attention.

On July 20, the foundation will partner with Microsoft Store SouthPark to host free Kids Awareness Day at SouthPark Mall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include video games, CPR education, exercise classes and giveaways. The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association and American Heart Association will provide health awareness information.

The Heart of Gold Gala will be held on July 21 at the Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St., from 6-10 p.m. The gala will honor sudden cardiac arrest survivors, their families, and the foundation’s mission to teach one million people bystander CPR. The keynote speaker is S.C. State University basketball coach Murray Garvin, who witnessed sudden cardiac arrest when his player, Ty Solomon, collapsed during a game against N.C. State University last year in Raleigh.

A highlight of the gala’s silent auction is an autographed game-worn Stephen Curry from the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. For tickets or to donate, go to the foundation's website, https://omarcarterfoundation.org.


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