As many as 45,000 live in abject rural poverty within the borders of the Ocala National Forest. Poverty’s grip on families is tight, often stretching generations. But with a devoted pastor and his family, and helping hands from residents from The Villages, there’s a glimmer of hope, although the plight of many families needs so much more.
Cardiac survival rates in The Villages are four times better than the national stagnant average, in part, because of an innovative neighborhood network that puts CPR/AED help where its needed most — in the homes where 70% of cardiac arrests occur. The Villages also boasts more AEDs, per capita, and has quick access to professional help in the chain of survival.