“If it involves music and helping people, I want to get involved.” That’s what American Idol Season 9 Finalist Andrew Garcia shared with Amy Mayo, Executive Director of the Gable Heart Beats Foundation. Garcia is now part of the Gable Heart Beats Community, an emerging and eclectic group of musicians, athletes, comedians, and celebrities supporting the Foundation in preventing loss of life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
The Gable Heart Beats Foundation was inspired by the life and music of Michael Gable, who died of SCA at age 38, as a result of having Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Michael was a scholar-athlete, as well as a musician. Two weeks after his death, it was discovered that Michael’s daughter Grace was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, which only underscored the Foundation’s mission.
Michael was unaware of his condition, so the Gable Heart Beats Community drive awareness of heart diseases to keep similar stories from happening to others. They raise funds that help put defibrillators in US schools and make low-fee heart screenings available everywhere. Michael’s band, Segue, produced a posthumous release of the album One Race Human, to share his music and push these efforts forward.
“Having Andrew on board gives me the chills,” said Mayo. “His music, his affiliation with American Idol, and the positive impact they have on today’s youth can save so many lives.” American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze is also part of the Gable Heart Beats Community, which includes the likes of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ Pete Moore, former New York Knicks basketball player Bo Kimble, and many more. All of them leverage their reach to raise awareness of HCM and other forms of heart disease.
Supporters can visit GableHeartBeats.org to make a donation, download One Race Human, and join the Community. Follow Andrew Garcia @andrewagarcia, Lee DeWyze @LeeDeWyze, American Idol @AmericanIdol, and the Gable Heart Beats Foundation @GableHeartBeats.