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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: The mission of Racing Hearts is to increase awareness of and improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Racing Hearts empowers people to use AEDs to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest. Racing Hearts is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

Results: Since 2012, Racing Hearts has placed 499 AEDs in high risk community locations, increased the heart safety of over 1,409,000 people with a total dollar impact of over $1,075,000.00. CA Senate Bill SB658, was pioneered by Racing Hearts and El Camino Hospital along with Santa Clara County EMS and the SCC Board of Supervisors making CA one of the most progressive states in our country relative to AEDs cost and reduced liability. Our co-sponsors were CA State Senator Jerry Hill and CA Assemblyman Rich Gordon with added support from Stanford Health Care, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Red Cross and the American Heart Association! With CA Governor Brown's signature SB658 went into effect Jan 1, 2016. On the beautiful Stanford Campus, Racing Hearts produced their 3rd annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k walk/run this past March 2016. We had over 1000 participants and volunteers supporting 'Active living for Heart Disease' and raised over $46,000.00 for heart research and community life saving heart defibrillators.

Target demographics: Save Lives! We are a 100% volunteer proactive health and safety nonprofit advocating and empowering access to saving lives with AEDs!

Programs: Advocating and Funding Full 5 year 'turn key' life saving heart defibrillator (AED) programs targeting high risk locations in our community. We believe in the standard of care for all and research-based best practices. We address our mission by targeting athletic and sport minded communities and organizations by lending AEDs to athletic events. Such a simple proactive solution to a huge medical problem (Sudden Cardiac Arrest).

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 angiescott92

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is taking a proactive approach for making our community safer by placing AEDs in the communities. Stephanie has made numerous connections with the right people to raise funds for the Santa Clara County Supervisors matching AED grant program that is getting started January 2016. Racing Hearts are making the dream come true of having AEDs as common as fire extinguishers.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is taking a proactive approach to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Spot The Box campaign was a way for the community to look and identify where AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) are located around the community. This is very valuable data/information for everyone because...... MINUTES MATTER when someone's heart stops beating.

Thank you Racing Hearts for spreading the word that while CPR is important, it is the shock from an AED that can get someone's heart beating again!!!

1 Susan389

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Racing Hearts team is committed to their mission of Saving Lives with AED's. They have been an outstanding organization to work with. Fun group of people, very inclusive and focused. I am making new friends for life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you very much Stephanie! Your dedication and service is remarkable! We would love to have you again for future editions of the Race for Literacy. Thank you for doing this!

1 Chris182

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people and a great cause! AED awareness and placement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a wonderful experience volunteering with the amazing Racing Hearts organization over the last year, and through them I have learned so much about the importance of AEDs in the community. Racing Hearts approaches this issue on many fronts, including leveraging funds to place AEDs, raising community awareness of AEDs through their AEDspotter app, and lending AEDs to community sports events. Their mission couldn't be more important (saving lives!), and I'm proud to call myself a supporter!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit! Everyone is very energetic and excited. I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with this organization. The message they are trying to send is very important.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered for an event held by Racing Hearts to raise money for heart research at Stanford University and it was such a positive experience. They're a well run non-profit working hard to raise the visibility and the availability of AEDs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our club, Almaden Soccer, caters to about 2000 kids in our community, thru our recreational and competitive soccer programs. This past new year we held our inaugural New Years Day 5k/10k run/walk, where we had participants from age 4 through 84! Stephanie reached out to us and asked if we would like to use their AEDs on site during the race, in case of any emergencies. We of course accepted her generous offer, and took delivery of two AEDs, which were placed on the course during race day. Fortunately we did not need to use them, but had there been any unfortunate issues, we would have been ore than prepared, thanks to Racing Hearts!

Cathy69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through the Spot the Box campaign, I would always stop my family (4 students of various levels) and say, "I have to get this picture for Spot the Box." This allowed me to share the importance of knowing where AEDs are in case of a medical situation when someone's heart is not beating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is an engaged and agile organization that spreads awareness about sudden cardiac arrests and the need for AEDs in our communities. As a volunteer, I am impressed by both Stephanie Martinson and Shari Schoenfeld's dynamic and supportive leadership along with the enthusiasm of our passionate team. I am proud to volunteer with Racing Hearts and urge members of our community to join us in our Spot the Box campaign!