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Racing Hearts

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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 810 AEDs in high risk community locations, increasing the heart safety of over 1.7M people. Racing Hearts has successfully pioneered TWO CA laws!!! SB586 and SB1397 making CA one of the most progressive states in our country relative to AEDs accessibility, cost, and reduced liability! Together we can see more lives saved and everyone has a chance to live a full and active life. Every spring, Racing Hearts produces an annual Racing Hearts 5k walk/run and 10k run to celebrate active living for heart disease. Our upcoming 6th annual Heart Race is set for March 24, 2019 in downtown Palo Alto. To date this event has raised over $220,000 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

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am in awe of what Stephanie Martinson has been able to accomplish in a very short time. Racing Hearts with the cooperation of community organizations has been able to make Palo Alto a heart safe community with the place of 82 AEDs in schools, police cars , etc. Additionally, Racing Hearts has engaged high school students who have created a video on CPR and are working on other AED related projects. Additionally , Racing hearts has loaned AEDs to running events. This is a practice which should happen at every race.

As a member of Parent Heart Watch, an organization dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac arrest in youth, I am painfully aware of how difficult it can be to gain support for the placement of AEDs. It can take many years to have more than a few AEDs placed. What Stephanie and Racing Hearts have accomplished in a little over a year seems almost miraculous.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stephanie Martinson of Racing Hearts donated 2 AED's for the San Jose Double Road Race this past Saturday. Having the AED's in the hands of our first aid team was so critical to the safety of our runners. Thankfully there was no emergencies, but had there been, we were ready. The work Stephanie is doing to help save lives through her non-profit RacingHearts.net is awesome. If you put on sporting events, make sure to contact her and support her wonderful cause.

Justin Wall
Race Director - Double Road Race (San Jose)

Miles4Migraine

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stephanie is relentless, which is what every nonprofit needs to be successful. She pours her passion and determination into Racing Hearts and follows through with their mission with kindness and professionalism. It's been wonderful having the AEDs onsite for our events, and I will never have another run/walk event where I don't have Racing Hearts as my partner. If you're a race director, school, community center or event producer, you should have Racing Hearts and an AED onsite.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Stephanie Martinson of Racing Hearts for introducing this great program to the City of San Jose. Her organization has provided one of the city’s busiest soccer field facility (serving more than 2,000 participants per year) with a potentially life saving AED device. Their focus on low income, under deserved populations provides a service unique to the rest of the city. Thank you again for all you have done to help us in obtaining this valuable piece of equipment that may some day, save someone’s life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stephanie Martinson at Racing Hearts approached Aspire Public Schools about funding an AED program in some of our schools. She is extremely passionate about her mission and very knowledgeable about the AED process. As someone with limited background and knowledge regarding AED's, she made me feel very comfortable throughout the process. I hope that I get a chance to work with Racing Hearts again in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

cwelgan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a sudden cardiac arrest survivor I was extremely pleased to hear about racing hearts, a non profit organization whose whole goal is to save lives from SCA's! Now being disabled from my cardiac arrest, I find volunteering at racing hearts very rewarding and helpful for me to make a full recovery. It has been really beneficial to hear about stories like mine, healthy, athletic and young people recovering so well from SCAs!

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.