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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

9 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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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 angiescott92

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stephanie is a walking encyclopedia about AEDs and puts endless effort into furthering this important cause.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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.