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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

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible organization focused on community education, awareness and care. I hold Racing Hearts in the highest regard for their accomplishments, and pursistance toward excellence.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Nonprofits aimed at addressing a health care need often face the challenge of educating donors using abstractions in how their mission serves the public. Racing Hearts provides a concrete and immediate service: distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into the community for use by bystanders who witness cardiac arrest. I've been in the position of doing CPR for the long minutes it took for paramedics to arrive, when an available AED could have made the resuscitation more efficient and effective. I got involved in the first Racing Hearts run, an annual event I look forward to. I am pleased to see how the event has grown and been embraced by the community, and especially pleased to see attendance by so many families who have had loved ones saved by the use of AEDs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well planned friendle people. Wonderful cause. Will defiantly be back next year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great cause and they put on a great and inspirational 5/10K race!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in the Racing Hearts 5k at Stanford on March 26. I was impressed by the organization of the event and enthusiasm of the planners and volunteers. I used to work for Special Olympics, so I've attended many charity organized athletic events. This one was class. It was great to be part of a community dedicated to improving access to life saving medical devices. I look forward to joining the 5k again next year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the 5k and had an amazing and uplifting experience. The energy at the event was phenomenal as the participants ranged from doctors to nurses and survivors to their families and friends -- these are people who truly care about the mission of the non-profit and it was abundantly clear how appreciative everybody there was of the support. How fantastic to have an event and organization where people are so deeply invested!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well organized, every one was friendly and helpful. Nice flare course

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is a wonderful cause staffed by an amazing set of dedicated passionate people. They have a real demonstrable positive impact on the community and they put on a great race too!! Thanks Racing Hearts!!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Palo Alto Little League requested a grant for AED installation and training at our location. Racing Hearts was fantastic to work with, and provided great support and training for our volunteers. The program is an incredible and lifesaving gift to the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts is a wonderful organization making a huge impact in the community (over 500 AEDs placed and over 1M people served). They are committed to heart care through ensuring AEDs are easily accessible.

The organization is hard working, transparent and financially responsible. I appreciate how committed everyone is to the mission, especially the founder who is very passionate to the cause.