Loyola University Chicago Emergency Medical Services (LUCEMS) will host its Fifth Annual CPR Marathon in Cuneo Hall, a 24-hour event that holds free Heartsaver CPR and first aid certification classes for Loyola students, faculty, and staff members. The event begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 19. Volunteer instructors at LUCEMS are Loyola students that are licensed EMTs or paramedics.

“The goal is to get everyone on campus certified,” says senior Avani Shukla, the LUCEMS CPR and first aid coordinator.

Shukla says that pre-health students are required to be certified to actively work in the field and the CPR Marathon is a great time to do so.  But she emphasized that this is a valuable opportunity for all students, regardless of their majors, because knowing these skills can be the difference between life and death.

“You’ll know what to do in that situation and you can save lives,” Shukla says in the event of an accident.

Heartsaver CPR courses will run every two hours starting at 8 a.m., while first aid courses will run every four hours. Each course is two hours long. The marathon is open to the public at a cost of $35, which Shukla says is the cheapest certification course in the area.

For more information on the event or to register, contact Avani Shukla at lucemspr@luc.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.