Winter 2012

Thank you for a great year!  We began our mission of helping to save lives with AEDs in June this year - and we'd like to give a quick look back at what we've accomplished to date.  

Because of your help and support, Racing Hearts has:

  • Helped to protect over 30,000 athletes by lending AEDs to local events
  • Advocated for 9 new AEDs which protects over 5,000 students, teachers and staff
  • Impacted policy and procedures within the City of Palo Alto's Parks and Recreation Department - and now AEDs will be present during athletic practices and games (protecting hundreds of students and their families every week)
  • Participated in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, the Palo Alto Moonlight Run, and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Turkey Trot Fun Run and will be partnering with the Juana Run, the Running of the Bulls, and the entire 2013 events with USA Productions
  • Helped share personal stories on our site and Facebook - we were moved to hear from a father thankful for the opportunity to see his three daughters grow; and for the 23 year old runner reconnected with the person who saved her life, both because of AEDs
  • Successfully raised inaugural funding within 2 months
We could not have come this far without you.  Special thanks to:
  • Dennis Burns, Kim Roderick - Police & Fire Departments of the City of Palo Alto
  • Julianne Brawner, Health Education Services
  • Helen Carroll, Former NCAA Women's Basketball Athletic Director
  • Dr. Cindy J. Chang, Head MD for the 2012 Olympics
  • Ryan Coehlo, Race Director/CEO USA Productions
  • Marybeth and Chris Dorst, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Swimmers
  • Mike Frankel, Assistant Managing Editor, Bay Area Group, San Jose
  • Lisa Gani, 1980 Olympic Swimmer
  • William Johnson, President and CEO Embarcadero Media and the Palo Alto Weekly
  • Charlie Miller and Scott Anderson, Athletic Department, Stanford University
  • Alison Pena, Assistant Fire Marshal, Stanford University
  • JT Service, Race/Event Director, Soul Focus Sports
  • Joe Simitian, Former California State Senator
  • John Vonhof, EMT-P, Alameda County EMS
  • Erik Walukiewicz, Safety Services, Fremont Union High School District
  • Dr. Charles Young, Associate Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District

As we move into 2013, we're looking forward to moving the needle even more for the cause.  We have more work to do and would love your continued support and help.  Consider volunteering with Racing Hearts.  Feel free to email us or check out the opportunities to help throughout the year.  Share a post from our Facebook page and "like us" in your list of favortes. 

Give fully-heartedly this holiday season.  Thanks again for helping to saving lives with AEDs.
The Racing Hearts Team