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.
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!!!!
They appear to run a lean organization to ensure that proceeds go to the right cause. Almost everyone can benefit from the organization's mission.
I became involved with Racing Hearts after my nephew's life was save by an AED last year. Wonderful people, responsive, appreciative and doing life saving work. It's comforting knowing that any donation I provide is going towards preventing a future tragedy. Thank you Racing Hearts!
The personnel associated with Racing Hearts were personable and professional throughout the experience. They assessed the needs of our organization and met our objectives. The AED and accompanying equipment was top notch and relevant to our needs including: the AED device, personal protective equipment and protective carry case,. Thank you Racing Hearts.
I contribute to Racing Hearts because it is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to bringing training and tools to the community to save lives. The organization uses traditional methods such as securing AEDs through purchase and donation. It is also working on an innovative social media app and has created quick online videos to help educate the community. I thoroughly believe in Racing Heart's mission and look forward to becoming a volunteer in the future.
As a 6th generation Californian from a family that has lost many members to heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest, I strongly believe that AEDs should be mandated in CA schools and made as widely available as possible. These devices have become as common as drinking fountains and fire extinguishers in many public places and office buildings across the nation. Thank goodness for grass roots organizations like Racing Hearts and the dedication of passionate, driven crusaders like Stephanie Martinson, for seeing the need to raise the bar on this issue in California. Her local efforts are a shining example to mobilize communities in other states lacking proper AED legislation as well. Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While we cannot (yet) definitively prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest, providing the proper tools and resources (AEDs, education) to help people be proactive during an emergency is empowering for communities – and ultimately, life-saving for individuals. Go team Racing Hearts, and thank you Stephanie!