What it's all about - Non Profit Spotlight8:22 AM
Louis’ parents, John and Karen Acompora came to realize his death could have been prevented if the school had owned a portable defibrillator. A defibrillator revives cardiac arrest victims with an electric shock to the chest. After Louis died, the Acomporas started a grassroots campaign to raise awareness among schools and other public institutions about the importance of owning Automated External Defibrillators (AED). A simple device that would have saved Louis’ life.
The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was founded to ensure that similar tragedies are prevented. The Foundation is committed to seeing an improvement in sports safety with a special focus on the placement of AEDs in all schools. Over the past four years, the Foundation has made tremendous strides. With numerous public appearances, including an interview on the Oprah Show in May 2001, the Acomporas have attracted national attention to the Foundation's mission.