Stephanie has moved mountains to get AEDs into our communities. Racing Hearts spearheaded the California legislation (SB658) that made AED ownership less onerous, thus removing barriers and lessening fears for schools and other organizations to purchase the equipment and learn lifesaving skills. What she has accomplished with regard to raising awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the need for AEDs is amazing, especially given the short amount of time Racing Hearts has been a non-profit organization.
Since my 4 year old son had suffered from sudden cardiac arrest 2 years ago, I became passionate about having AEDs placed in as many public areas as possible. I can't say how deeply excited and happy I was to hear about the Racing Hearts organization and how they, too, shared my vision in implementing the public access defibrillation program in our community. Racing Hearts has placed these life saving programs on several school campuses including my children's own school district. They also assisted in providing CPR and AED training to high school students. What is quite amazing is that this organization will hold yearly 5K run/walk events to raise money for Stanford's inherited cardiovascular research team. Racing Hearts is an all volunteer organization who is driven by their own internal passion to help improve the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest in our community. Someday I hope Racing Hearts' vision will be shared statewide and ultimately nationwide. Their professionalism, compassion, and commitment to saving lives are extraordinary.
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.
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!!!
Stephanie is a walking encyclopedia about AEDs and puts endless effort into furthering this important cause.
I have been a supporter of Racing Hearts for several years. Stephanie is the heart and soul of the organization, with the help of a very capable board. Placing AEDs up and down the peninsula and in surrounding communities is vital to give a life-saving chance to anyone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Racing Hearts places AEDs in running races and other events, and helps place them in police patrol cars, schools, and other community sites. An SCA can happen to children as well as adults and it is important to have them in schools - something Racing Hearts supports.
Racing Hearts founder Stephanie Martinson sought financial assistance from our Holiday Fund as she was getting the organization formed, before incorporating as a non-profit. Our grant committee was highly impressed by the concept and provided a grant to equip our two high schools with AEDs. Since then, we have seen the group grow and enjoy quick success in our community. This is a very focused organization operating very efficiently to accomplish a great public service.
Bill Johnson, Publisher
Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto, CA
I've had the opportunity to watch this organization grow from the very beginning. What Stephanie Martinson has achieved in a very short time is remarkable. She has singlehandedly gotten the public schools in Palo to install AEDs at every site. She has also worked with the city of Palo Alto to get AED's in all public buildings, parks, and police cars. It has been remarkable to watch an idea grow into a reality. Racing Hearts has managed not only to raise funds, but also awareness about anyone's ability to provide potentially life saving support to a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.