Bringing the life-saving skills of chest compressions & early AED use to everyone


Driven by our belief that everyone should learn CPR and how to operate an AED, the non-profit Compress and Shock Foundation was established in 2016.  We aim to teach these essential life skills to the public every 3rd Saturday in May.  Our education is provided free of charge as there should never be a barrier to learn what is necessary to save a life.



Preparation may be the difference between life and death for your neighbor, colleague, or loved one.


Ready to take the next step? Register today.

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A Picture of Survival

Why we do what we do: Ken Pearson suffered a cardiac arrest on 4/24/18 at the Kirk Family YMCA. He is pictured next to his wife (Sherry) along with the YMCA employees who provided CPR and applied an AED to save his life. Dr. Mary Carroll Lee is the Emergency Medicine Physician who cared for Ken at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Pictured from left to right: JD Winans (YMCA), Dr. Mary Carroll Lee, Ken Pearson, Sherry Pearson, Kiersten Devoe (YMCA), John Napotnik (YMCA).