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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts helped me evaluate what my organization needed and how I could cost-effectively get the equipment in need.
Stephanie provided to me (literally) life-saving information.
Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was involved in the start up of Racing Hearts but have not been involved directly for over a year. It has been amazing to see the impact Racing Hearts has had in our local communities; through advocacy multiple cities now have AEDs accessible in case of need. My daughter is a runner and it has been great to see Racing Heart partnering with dozens of races to provide life saving AEDs along the race courses. Stephanie and her board are committed and have high integrity. I appreciate all they have done to educate people and increase public safety.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Representing the partnership with Sports Basement and Racing Hearts I have to say that Stephanie Martinson and Racing Hearts has been outstanding to work with. We are extremely happy to be working with such a great person and a great cause.

Racing Hearts has been a great community partner and we firmly support all of the hard work and efforts that they provide for the community.

The support has been mutually beneficial and we look forward to continuing this great relationship.

Karen267

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The generosity of Racing Hearts AED lending program allows local races to have that extra piece of mind by providing a safe environment for their athletes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We direct 20+ running events every year in the Bay Area and think it's always important to have AEDs on site at our races. We hope a situation never arises where they are needed but, if there ever is a need, we want them to be there. We support Racing Hearts in their efforts to have AEDs at all athletic events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about Racing Hearts through the organization's incredibly motivated and passionate founder. I never knew how important it was to get AEDs in schools and at sporting events, and how simple it can be to make these life-saving devices available. Racing Hearts can literally save lives, and it does so through an all-volunteer, highly efficient organization. I've been very impressed by everything I've seen from Racing Hearts, and hope the organization continues to grow.