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Feature Article Learn to save lives, get free OSU basketball tickets

Word is getting around, far and wide, about a fun, family friendly and free event coming up in Corvallis.

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, Oregon State University Athletics and the American Heart Association are teaming up in an effort to train at least 1,000 people in hands-only CPR and how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator).

The free training will take place in Corvallis, on Sunday, Feb. 8. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. and noon, at Reser Stadium, Club Level, which can be accessed by elevator or stairs on the northeast side of the stadium.  Free event parking is up for grabs in the parking garage, across 26th Street from Reser Stadium.

The first 1,000 people to complete the training will receive free tickets to the OSU vs. University of Washington men’s basketball game that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. No reservations are required and all ages are welcome. Any child able to participate in the training activities will be able to get a free ticket, and research shows children as young as 9-years-old can effectively learn and use CPR to save lives. 

The CPR training will take participants about 30 minutes to complete. Families will also want to take a moment to say “Hi” to Benny Beaver and snap a few photos.

Hundreds of volunteers will be on hand to teach CPR and AED use. Come out, enjoy the day with your family and friends, and learn how to save lives.

About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.

“Basketball tickets are a bonus, but the real prize will be your increased confidence in your ability to save the life of a loved one or even a stranger,” said Nurse Practitioner Kim Montagne, director of the Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute. “Everyone involved is greatly looking forward to this event and the impact it could have in our communities.”

For more information, or to volunteer for this event, contact Montagne at 541-768-6345, or

Don’t miss it!
Free CPR training and OSU basketball tickets for the first 1,000 participants
Sunday, Feb. 8, drop in any time, 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Free
Location: Reser Stadium, Club Level
Oregon State University, 660 Southwest 26th Street, Corvallis
Free parking in garage, across the street