On March 20th, 2016 I had the honor of providing music entertainment for the third annual Racing Hearts 5K/10K run/walk. This event had over 700 registered participants and well over 1,000 in attendance. The Racing Hearts organization had a goal of raising $45,000 for Stanford heart research and the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. Not only did they meet their goal, they were able to raise over $ 46,000!
Racing Hearts is a non-profit organization who’s focus is to raise awareness and funding to install AED’s (automated external defibrillators) at all high risk community locations to help save lives.
Their mission hits home with my family. About 15 years ago I found out that I have Atrial Fibrillation. It’s basically a condition that can intermittently cause an irregular heartbeat that could lead to a stroke. One of my brothers also has Atrial Fibrillation. In 2004 my father passed away from a massive heart attack and my mother survived a mild stroke about 8 years ago. Heart issues is something that has surrounded my family for quite some time now. It’s a scary thought that a heart attack or stroke could happen at any time. I am happy and thankful to know that the Racing Hearts organization is actively working in our communities to raise funds to make AED devices readily available where they are most needed. It’s as simple as, AED’s save lives.
In March of this year, Racing Hearts in partnership with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors along with Health Trust, Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation and Sports Basement are placing 41 AED’s throughout all school sites at East Side Union High School District. This includes where I graduated from, Yerba Buena High School.
It truly was an honor to have taken part in such a wonderful event geared towards helping our community by making life saving devices like the AED’s readily available and raising funds for Stanford heart research and the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease.
Here are a few photo’s from this event. For full photo coverage, click here.