About Us

Racing Hearts is a nonprofit that increases awareness of and improves access to automated external defibrllators (AEDs). Racing Hearts empowers people to use AEDs to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest. We are a 100% volunteer nonprofit. 

(Tax ID: 45-5271941).   

Racing Heart began the winter of 2012 as a grassroots idea—we want to ensure automated external defibrillators are ready and available at all high risk community locations to help save lives.  We are proud to be partnering with local cities, schools, recreation and community centers, as well as with fitness and health organizations.

Why our Mission Matters

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

Can strike anyone, anywhere.  A loved one. A friend.  A young athlete.  A member of your community. Every year, nearly 300,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) every year - and up to 15,000 are children.  That's almost 800 American's per day - one death nearly every two minutes.  And every 3 days, a young athlete suffers a SCA.  More deaths are caused by cardiac arrest than by breast cancer, lung and colon cancer, and HIV COMBINED.  

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

is a lightweight, portable device that determines whether to deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart.  The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow the normal rhythm to resume.  

Our Mission

Racing Hearts is a proactive health and safety nonprofit which advocates and empowers access to saving lives. Our organizations goal is to increase the success rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) which has been unchanged since the 1960s at 5% but which can increase up to 80% with nearby life saving heart defibrillators.  Nearby AEDs is such a simple solution to a huge medical problem because SCA can happen to anyone at anytime. 


Racing Hearts strongly believes in following guidelines established through evidence-based research, which supports placing multiple AEDs at one site.  We focus our mission with low-income underserved populations as studies have shown this distinction correlates with higher obesity and less access to healthcare.

Contact Us

Call us at (650) 308-4183 or email us at info@racinghearts.org.

Data/Information: American Red Cross website.