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.
Blake was awarded the Humanitarian Service Hero Award for her founding of Starting Hearts and the development of programs that provide critical resources and training to the community to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, says Eric Myers, executive director of American Red Cross of Western and Southwestern Colorado.
“The American Red Cross is an extraordinary organization that helps save thousands of lives every year, and I am truly honored to receive the Humanitarian Service Hero Award,” Blake said.
Starting Hearts’ mission is to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims by providing free education and outreach programs to the community including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training. Blake, a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, founded Starting Hearts in 2010 three years after her life was saved from CPR and early defibrillation. Since then, she has made it her life mission to save more lives.
“The American Red Cross of Western Colorado is very excited to honor Lynn,” Myers said. “Lynn’s work aligns with the American Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies, and we are honored to share this recognition. We look forward to sharing Lynn’s and Starting Hearts’ story at our annual awards dinner.”
The Red Cross holds the annual Heroes of Western Colorado dinner to celebrate members of its community who have exhibited extraordinary courage and selflessness to help people in need. It honors local heroes who have gone above and beyond in their community and have made western Colorado a wonderful place to live.
“This is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition for our founder and her accomplishments with this organization, especially during this exciting time in our expansion and growth,” said Alan Himelfarb, executive director of Starting Hearts.