In 2009, Representative Becky Carney collapsed in her legislative office and went into cardiac arrest. Her life was saved with an onsite AED. Mark Fleming, Director of Government Affairs at BCBSNC, was a first responder. After he witnessed the value of this life-saving equipment, Strive to Revive was created. Rep. Carney worked to bring awareness to the value of AEDs and to the Strive to Revive program.
When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, time is enemy number one. For each minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, survival rates decrease dramatically. In as little as five minutes, chances of survival can drop by half. Quick access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can turn those numbers around. In fact, if defibrillation is administered within three minutes of an event, survival rates can be as high as 74%.
In 2012, the North Carolina Council of Churches joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), the American Red Cross and Rep. Becky Carney to implement Strive to Revive (STR). STR aims to reduce deaths related to cardiovascular disease by providing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR training to places of worship. Between 2012 and 2015 more than 200 places of worship across the state of North Carolina have participated in the program.
Now, the Strive to Revive Program is here to support your AED Program with resources on compliance, replacement parts, education and training. The first phase of this new role for Strive to Revive begins with the Strive to Revive Maintenance Grant Program. If you received an AED from us between January 2012 and December 2015, click here to apply for a maintenance grant to support the upkeep of your AED.
To find out more about the history of STR, please click the links below.