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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts was instrumental in helping provide AEDs in all of our 41 schools as well as our district office. As a result of our partnership we are able to increase the safety of our 32,000 students, 3,000 employees and the hundreds of visitors to our campuses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts assisted Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in obtaining 20 AEDs and associated equipment for use in our ranger patrol trucks and offices in Santa Clara County.

The staff were very professional and clearly are passionate about promoting cardiac safety. We appreciated working with such dedicated people, and the work which they do. I highly recommend them as a partner in this life-saving work.

Gordon Baillie
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Racing Hearts worked diligently with the Berryessa Union School District to facilitate the installation of AED's at all 15 of our sites. They offered three free training sessions for all staff. Angie Scott presented an excellent and informative orientation / training for our all staff welcome back event which helped to educate and empower our staff to save lives if / when the need arises. I have only positive things to say regarding the Racing Hearts organization.

2 Beverly32

Client Served

Rating: 4

This organization is top-notch! They are helping Downtown Palo Alto businesses educate their employees on how to perform CPR, which will help save lives. Our company has purchased defibrillators through Racing Hearts and had them installed in the lobbies of numerous office buildings that we manage, which is also helping to save lives. Some of our employees personally witnessed a man fall out of his truck onto the sidewalk across the street from our building and he died from a heart attack. If we would have had a defibrillator in our office at that time we may have been able to save his life. We cannot thank Racing Hearts enough for the work they are doing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The City of Campbell Police Department recently worked with Racing Hearts on a project to bring additional AED's to all our patrol vehicles. Racing Hearts did a magnificent job of coordinating this project from start to finish and provided all the necessary equipment ahead of schedule. It was wonderful to work with some very passionate professionals to obtain this vital equipment for our police department.

Captain Joe Cefalu

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The AED info signs are eye catching and it contains easy to understand information. They make using an AED "Not so scary after all".

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization offers incredible bang-for-your-buck, pairing top-notch expertise and know-how with little/no bureaucracy. Racing Hearts is truly all about the mission--saving lives with AEDs--and their results prove it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have worked with Racing Hearts for their AED Lending program. Racing Hearts has provided AED's for our running events on several occasions. Stephanie is very easy to work with and always accommodating to what our event needs for the safety of our runners. We are thrilled to support their vision and mission.

- Liz, Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon

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.

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.