The Starting Hearts Story

Starting Hearts is a nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims through free CPR and AED training and access programs.


Mission Statement

To provide a platform for citizens, supporters, and community stakeholders to improve outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest victims through empowering education, widespread distribution of defibrillators in public locations, and activation of citizen first responders to confidently and capably provide early care when needed.

Founder, Lynn Blake is a SCA survivor and resident of Colorado’s Vail Valley, who attributes her saved life to CPR and early defibrillation. She now travels around in “The Heart Rod,” a decommissioned transit bus converted CPR/DEFIB classroom on wheels, teaching people how to save lives. Starting Hearts’ programs encourage participants to immediately recognize SCA and to CALL. PUSH. SHOCK.™

Lynn Blake - Founder of Starting Hearts

Photo of Founder Lynn Blake standing outside

On Valentine’s Day 2007 at the age of 27, Lynn Blake was reporting to work for the second day of a new job when she experienced sudden cardiac arrest. But fortunately, someone yelled for help so 9-1-1 was called, a nearby woman quickly started CPR and within minutes the Vail, Colorado Fire Fighters used an DEFIB to deliver three shocks to her chest. Lynn realized how blessed she was to have been given another chance at life and was compelled to save others by establishing Starting Hearts.  Read Lynn’s story.


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