Ed’s life was saved with CPR and an AED.

March 12, 2019 was a typical day. Ed Kosiec was training for his fourth marathon and ran 10 miles that morning, followed by a yoga class. After that hard training, he was craving Chick-fil-A for lunch, which turned out to be the best decision he’s ever made.

As he was finishing up lunch, he started feeling dizzy and sweaty. That would be the last thing Ed remembered before collapsing on the table.

18-year-old Sarah was in the kitchen cooking french fries when her manager asked if anyone knew CPR. The only one in the restaurant that knew CPR, Sarah immediately started performing compressions on Ed until the paramedics arrived and used an AED. Four shocks later he was finally stabilized.

“After long MRI tests, and every other test I was given, I was never given an explanation to why I had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. I was told that sometimes there is no reason and that SCA is called the silent killer. I wanted to educate myself with everything to do with Sudden Cardiac Arrest, as with most anyone that has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, truly doesn’t understand what has happened to them.

I know I have been given a second chance in life and everything in my life has changed, the things I thought were so important aren’t anymore. I treasure my family and friends even more than before. I make time for the little things now that I didn’t before.”

Ed took this second chance to make a huge difference in Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival. In July 2019, Ed decided to get certified to teach CPR and founded his non-profit, Every Second Counts CPR. In 2021 he was involved in passing a bill in Florida that requires public school students to receive CPR training to graduate. Right after that, Ed set off across the United States, in what he called the Great 48 CPR tour, and taught CPR in all the 48 contiguous states. He also donated one American Heart  Association Anytime CPR Kit to each city or town of each state he stopped at. He gave them to different community outreach centers, churches, and other non-profits so they could help teach the public in their own communities the life-saving skill of CPR and spread SCA awareness. After facing adversity teaching in Washington, D.C., he started the National CPR & AED Awareness Rally and March.

“It’s designed to bring heart advocates together from across the nation from every state to to create ONE voice to help spread CPR and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness and help to create laws to save more lives.”

This year marks the 4th Annual National CPR & AED Awareness Rally and March, taking place May 30- June 1 in our nation’s capital, during National CPR & AED Awareness Week. Join heart advocates from all over the world, including RescueStat, to bring awareness to the importance of CPR and AEDs, as well as provide free CPR training to thousands. There will also be free heart screenings for ages 10-35 AND an attempt to break a world record with a CPR Relay. Learn more here: https://www.everysecondcountscpr.org/events

“Nobody goes out and thinks they are going to have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or thinks a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can ever happen to them. I never thought in a million years it could happen to me, but people need to realize Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.  I truly believe in my heart as a society we can do so much better than what the statistics are today, where only 1 in 10 people survive. With all the great advocates we have and the educational tools we have across this nation I know we can make the difference that is a long time overdue. Please join the movement and be part of something that is bigger than all of us, where every heart advocate’s voice is heard and matters. Join us in Washington D.C. during National CPR and AED Awareness week for the 4th National CPR and AED Awareness Rally and March.”

Can’t attend the March? Support Every Second Counts CPR here: https://www.everysecondcountscpr.org/take-action