New Rainbows

By: Stephanie | May 29, 2014

With the school year coming to a close and with the conclusion of my participation in Leadership Palo Alto, I am now more confident than ever, that everyone who has a dream or might be inspired to try something big should jump in, take that leap of faith and believe they can make a difference.  Really.  I know it never seems that simple and the first step can be the scariest - but I'm proof that with a fresh idea - good things can happen.  

I'd like to reflect that I feel really fortunate to have been part of the Leadership Palo Alto 'crew' this time around.  I've grown both on a personal and professional level. The work we've done collectively has helped define and align some of my perspectives, my values and beliefs.  And I'm bringing those with me to share with our Racing Hearts team.  Everyday I'm trying to live my most authentic life with an increased inner voice. More and more I'm challenging myself to be compassionate and honest all while stepping outside of my comfort zone - knowing that there's huge rewards and feel-good moments and lots of amazing rainbows when I do.  

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter 


By: Stephanie | Jan 20, 2014

Sudden Cardiac Arrest takes too many lives each year.  It is the leading cause of death for adults over the age of 40 in the United States.  Between five and eight percent of people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest survive.  These are amazing statics so to help a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, emergency action must be taken immediately.  Use of an AED can dramatically increase the survival rate. BUT to be effective, the public has to know WHERE these life saving devices are located. Because both public and private parties purchase these devices, information about the location of AEDs is often unknown. The GOAL of our Spot The Box campaign is to create an easily accessible, publically available MAP of these locations. Help us IMPROVE the PUBLIC SAFETY of our community by using your cell phone to identify the locations of all AEDs in the area. 

Using an AED can save a family member, a friend, or someone in your community.


By: Stephanie | Nov 27, 2013

What a month its been.  Promoting the goals of Racing Hearts, I have had the opportunity to present our work to a number of organizations around the Bay Area. I also appreciate the opportunity to connect with people and spread the word about heart health and safety.  One benefit of this community outreach is getting the chance to tap the intelligence of an interested audience.  I was lucky to be reminded by one audience member about one significant challenge in motivating people to act when it comes to cardiovascular disease: many conditions can't be seen or felt.  This discussion motivated me to think hard about ways to spark community interest in community health.

During this upcoming holiday season, I am thankful for my continued health and wellness, the health of my family members, and for the health of my community at large. May this upcoming season bring you and your loved ones time to explore what matters to you.