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Cumberland County Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Alumni, Inc. presents Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster and EMS Director Chris Miller a check for $2,475.00. This amount is made up of $2,250 from a Volunteer Energy Cooperative Customer Share Program Grant which was submitted by CCCPRA and a $225.00 donation from CCCPRA.

The donation will be used to significantly upgrade 3 Cumberland County EMS trucks with the latest technology in VIDEO LARYNGOSCOPE. These video units help patients’ breath while being transported and give EMS personnel real time video of any obstructions. These recordings then give emergency room personnel a better picture of a patients’ condition upon arrival.

The Cumberland County Cardiac Pulmonary Alumni, Inc. is making an appeal for tax exempt donations to purchase 9 additional units ($7,425). This will provide units for all 12 EMS trucks. If you would like more information on how to help this organization, please contact C.C.C.P.R.A, Inc., P.O. Box 14, Crossville TN 38557

Photo includes: Mayor Allen Foster, EMS Director Chris Miller, Cumberland County Pulmonary Rehab Alumni President Peter Nichols, Secretary JoEllen Adcox, Glenn Caswell, Linda Trotter, Gary Smith, Carlos Gonzales. Press Release from Cumberland County Mayor’s Office

CPR Alumni Dinner Helps Others Fight Heart Disease

Cumberland County Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Alumni Inc. welcomed the community to its first Christmas dinner and fundraiser Dec. 3.

Held at the Cumberland County Community Complex, the event featured entertainment from Cumberland County Playhouse and the T3 Glee group, a delicious dinner, a chance to bid on great gift items in the silent auction, and information on the organizations activities and future plans.

Jo Ellen Adcock, board member, said, “Thank you so much for coming. We’ve never had this as a fundraiser. It just thrills me to see this many people have turned out.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. More than 610,000 people die from heart disease in the U.S. each year — one in every four deaths.

Symptoms of heart disease include chest pain or discomfort; shortness of breath; upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach; and nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are among the top risk factors, though poor diet, diabetes, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use also increase risk for heart disease.

Cumberland Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department offers the program for patients who have experienced heart or pulmonary disease. The staff provides education and support to patients, helps them develop healthy exercise habits in a controlled environment, and helps them mitigate risk factors and make important lifestyle changes.

Adcock said, “It’s been proven this rehab can extend your life.”

Patients attend three sessions each week, but changes in insurance coverage and copays can make this program too expensive for some.

Peter Nichols, founding board member and current president of the organization, said the group began with him and four others recognizing the need in the community.

CPR Alumni formed in 1999 as a nonprofit organization offering financial assistance to help uninsured and underinsured patients complete the program. Since then, more than $250,000 has been raised to help 400 people complete the 12-week program.

This past year, CPR Alumni received 29 applications for assistance.

“The need is growing because of the way insurance has changed,” Adcock said.

Copays can be as high as $80 per session.

“That adds up,” she said.

The application for help doesn’t include any personally identifiable information. They only see the financial information and a statement on why the person

“We’re thrilled we’re able to help so many people,” Adcock said.

CPR Alumni has also launched educational seminars for the public, with more than 100 people attending a Healthy Hearts and Lungs session in August.

“We’re working on what’s called determinants of health,” Nichols said. “We’re going to be getting into other areas besides cardiac and pulmonary. As time goes on, watch for seminars, information on our Facebook and our website.”

Source: Crossville Chronicle online at