Media Section

This page is dedicated to articles, videos & audio clips of various newspapers and bloggers who talk about Starting Hearts and what we do in the community.  This includes articles from one of our courses or training events, donation drives & events and articles that bring awareness to our organization and our fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Press Releases


These links are to text based articles that talking about Starting Hearts.  Each Article will consist of the title, date it was published, summary paragraph and a link to the full article.

Starting Hearts begins first responder scholarship with Colorado Mountain College

Starting Hearts, in cooperation with Colorado Mountain College, has initiated the Starting Hearts First Responder Scholarship. The newly created scholarship is designed to supplement the education, training and services needed by first responders in the performance of their duties throughout the region. Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts, Vail Valley Medical Center place defibrillators in seven Sheriff’s Office patrol cars

While sudden cardiac arrest is the nation’s leading cause of unexpected death, only 1 out of 35 Eagle County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars was equipped with an automated external defibrillator — until now.  Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts’ ‘All You Need Is Heart’ event extols whole food, plant based nutrition

Everyone dies of something, but it doesn’t need to be a heart attack before your time.

Starting Hearts’ fifth annual All You Need is Heart event saw almost 200 cardiac screenings, along with doctors and nutritionists helping people understand that they really can help themselves.  Read Full Article.

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Starting Hearts offers heart health education at Vilar

On Valentine’s Day a decade ago, Lynn Blake had no idea how much her life was about to change.

The newlywed had just returned from her honeymoon and was on her second day at a new job in Vail. That day this young, athletic, non-smoker had sudden cardiac arrest. A co-worker started to administer CPR while someone else called 911. Luckily, her office was across the street from the Vail Fire Department and they were able to assist with CPR and defibrillation until the paramedics arrived.  Read Full Article

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Starting Hearts saving lives, spreading awareness

If you had told Lynn Blake on Valentine’s Day 2007 that she would eventually start a nonprofit that helped save lives from sudden cardiac arrest, then she would have never believed you.  Read Full Article

That was before it happened to her.

Starting Hearts event is Feb. 8 in Beaver Creek

Starting Hearts’ fifth annual All You Need is Heart event will take place Feb. 8 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event is held in collaboration with Vail Valley Medical Center, which provides doctors, nurses and equipment to provide screening tests and consultations to attendees.  Read Full Article.

First Responders

What would you do if a friend, loved one or even a stranger was overcome by sudden cardiac arrest on the street? Local nonprofit Starting Hearts and the Vail Valley Medical Center have recently teamed up to make that question far easier to answer. Read Full Article.

Red Cross Heroes: Lynn Blake

AVON, Colo. We’ve been showcasing local heroes in our community all week long as part of a joint effort with KJCT News 8 and the American Red Cross. Read Full Article.

Red Cross and Starting Hearts Sign Strategic Partnership

Denver, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 – The American Red Cross of Colorado and Starting Hearts, Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership in an effort to expand the availability of lifesaving training in Colorado.  Read Full Article.

Antlers Partners with Starting Hearts and Installs AED

Because we love our guests, employees & neighbors…Antlers is very pleased to announce that we have purchased an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that is installed just inside the doorway to the right of our Lobby. An AED is highly effective, very easy to use, and can deliver a life saving shock to restart or restore the normal heart rhythm of someone who has suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts Lands Office, Training Center

VAIL — Starting Hearts has acquired a new office space and training center at the Avon Center in Avon. This is the first training center for the local nonprofit that educates the public on sudden cardiac arrest.  Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts’ Blake honored as Humanitarian Service Hero

VAIL — Starting Hearts’ founder Lynn Blake was nationally recognized from the American Red Cross at the recent ninth annual Heroes of Western Colorado dinner in Grand Junction.  Read Full Article.

Vail Daily Column: Starting Hearts Aims to Increase AEDs

It happens in an instant. Someone is right there next to you and suddenly they collapse and are not breathing, not responding. Something is terribly wrong.  Read Full Article.

Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty Underwrites Starting Hearts AED Device

Supporting local organizations and life-saving treatment and service programs, Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty continues on this path with the recent underwriting of a new Starting Hearts Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device at Vail Village’s Covered Bridge. Located near one of the Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty’s offices, staff and associates are also being trained on how to use the device so they can come to the aid of victims. Read Full Article.

Call, Push, Shock: Starting Hearts Raises Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

On Valentine’s Day 2007, Lynn Blake was embarking on a new job in Vail Village when she had a rude awakening. The 27-year-old suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately for her, someone trained in CPR stepped forward and kept her heart beating until emergency personnel arrived with a defibrillator. Read Full Article.

Free CPR And AED Training For Coloradans

Lynn Blake of Vail is making it her mission to teach everyone she can about the importance of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator’s. She turned a donated bus into the Heart Rod so she could take the training to those in need.  Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts

Lynne Blake found the cause she wanted to champion with all her heart after she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2007. Read Full Article.

Former Bachelorette Contestant Promotes CPR

You might know him from ABC hit show The Bachelorette.
Vail firefighter Ryan Sutter got down on one knee and proposed to Trista, now his wife, on national television.  Read Full Article.

PulsePoint Smart Phone CPR Notification System

Vail, Colorado – With a simple alert from your phone, you could help save a life.  Starting Hearts and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center have partnered to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED mobile application to help increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates inEagle County. The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCAvictims by enabling “Neighbor Savers,” or citizen bystanders, to provide life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access public access automated external defibrillators (AED).  Read Full Article.

Starting Hearts Appoints New Executive Director

AVON, CO – (EINPresswire via NewMediaWire) – January 5, 2015 – Lynn Blake, Founder and President of Starting Hearts, a Colorado-based nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through CPR/AED education and AED placement, announced today the appointment of Alan Himelfarb as the organization’s new Executive Director. Read Full Article.


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