The NEEON Foundation
By Norm Rooker
NEEON Foundation Declares EMS Benefit Cruise a Success

On Sunday May 6th the NEEON Foundations EMS Benefit Cruise ended when the Enchantment of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) returned to Ft. Lauderdale after 7 days in the eastern Caribbean. The cruise visited the islands of St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau. By all accounts the cruise was a success. Twenty-two people from the US, Canada, and the UK went on the cruise in support of the NEEON Foundation.

The NEEON Foundation is a non-profit (501-c-3) established to conduct research and educational activity related to improving emergency medical services. The EMS Benefit Cruise was the foundations first major fund-raising effort. The cruise netted approximately $3500 for the foundation.

The NEEON Foundation provided 10 hours of continuing education for EMS professionals during the cruise. Topics covered included: “Stress and the Cardiovascular System” presented by Dr Kathryn Brinsfield of the Boston Medical Center; “Contemporary Overdose Recognition and Management - Club Drugs” and “Marine Toxicology” by Dr Sophia Dyer of the Boston Medical Center; “Cardiac A&P” and “Fluids and Electrolytes” by Ed Fowler EMT-P of Worcester EMS.

Kevin Crane, NEEON Foundation President, stated that while the numbers were short of expectations, the cruise did generate revenue for the foundation. The cruise provided a nice combination of opportunities to join the group for activities or spend some truly relaxing quality time apart from the group. “We were pampered from the beginning in a wonderful environment, got a little continuing education, and raised a few dollars for the foundation, it was terrific!” Crane also stated that the feedback from those that went on the cruise was so positive that he is already planning a second EMS Benefit Cruise for the spring of 2002.

For more information about the NEEON Foundation visit, or write the NEEON Foundation at: 9-11 Shetland St, Boston, MA 02118.

EMTs, Paramedics, RNS and MDs, attendees on the 1st annual NEEON CE Cruise. Members shown are represented by: CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, IAP, International Association of Patrolman, The IUEW, SEIU, Service Employees International Union, IAFF, International Association of Fire Fighters and several independent unions. (Vicki Rooker, 2nd row, far right, Norm Rooker 3rd row, far right.)

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