Save A Life Foundation's Mission
"Training and developing "Bystanders", especially children, as volunteers equipped with LifeSupporting First Aid skills (LSFA) to aid in an emergency".HISTORYSave A Life Foundation was established in 1993 in the aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle crashinvolving Christina Jean Spizzirri who bled to death because first responders were not equippedwith basic skills to maintain her life until professional help arrived. Christina's mother, CarolSpizzirri founded the organization to prevent this tragedy from happening to anyone else. In1994 Carol's efforts lead to the passage of a Illinois state mandate requiring all police andfirefighters to be trained in life supporting first aid skills prior to graduation from their academyand the passage of federal appropriations to pay for that training. Meanwhile, joining Spizzirri'scause to train the masses in Pre-EMS skills were world-renowned emergency experts PeterSafar, M.D. (Father of CPR), Henry Heimlich, M.D. (Heimlich maneuver) and other emergencymedical service (EMS) professionals to establish SALF's Medical Board.
Injury remains one of the top killers in America, effecting over 2.4 million children whoneedlessly die each year. 50% of these lives could have been saved if prompt aid wereadministered prior to emergency medical service arrival. Lessons learned early in life establishthe behavioral patterns of a lifetime and become a part of a person's core beliefs and values.SALF has chosen to focus on teaching young people basic life support techniques whichincludes calling for the ambulance (without abandoning the patient), use of an automaticexternal defibrillator
clearing a deep airway obstruction, external hemorrhage control,positioning for shock and unconsciousness (coma), CPR, infectious disease and biologicalprecautions.The goal of the SALF is to heighten public awareness of the critical importance of earlyintervention in any medical emergency. To promote LSFA training techniques with youth whocan use these practical skills to perform the necessary interventions. Therefore significantlydecreasing mortality and morbidity due to injury or illness and reduce the astronomical costs tosociety in caring for injured or ill patients. The SALF programs help produce more responsibleyoung people by providing them with knowledge, confidence, and a desire to come to the aid ofothers in traumatic situations.2