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American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Joins Gable Heart Beats Community

American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze has joined forces with the Gable Heart Beats Foundation. Together, they will continue the drive to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and other forms of heart disease, in addition to promoting mandatory heart screenings for young people everywhere.

DeWyze joins fellow American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia, who joined the Gable Heart Beats Community in November 2010. Both are part of a growing community of athletes, musicians, comedians, and celebrities that now work with the Gable Heart Beats Foundation around the world.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Lee DeWyze’s contribution to our efforts,” said Foundation Executive Director, Amy Mayo. “His music, energy, and determination to make the world a better place embody the core spirit of the Gable Heart Beats Foundation.”

In August 2011, Lee starred in a promotional video for the Foundation. He met with Mayo and Board Member Michelle Gable on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood Hotel to shoot the film.

“When I was asked if I’d be a part of the Gable Heart Beats, I jumped at it…I read the story and learned a lot about Cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac arrest,” Lee shared with filmmakers.

A percentage of the film’s proceeds will benefit Gable Heart Beats partners Heartfelt Cardiac Projects and 44 for Life. Both are non-profit organizations driven to reduce risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, based in southern California, hosts low-fee heart screenings worldwide, while 44 for Life, based outside Philadelphia, donates defibrillators to schools in the US.

The Gable Heart Beats team welcomes DeWyze with open arms and thanks the following people for contributing to the making of the promotional film:

Jonathan Salemi, Director
Joaby Deal, Audio Engineer and Film Editor
Amy Mayo, Producer
Steve Broxterman and Jennie Deal, Crew
Kathy Dodge, Photographer
Staff, London West Hollywood Hotel

Visit the Gable Heart Beats Foundation at to make a contribution and download the album One Race Human. For more information on Lee DeWyze, visit and follow him @LeeDwyze. Learn more about Heartfelt Cardiac Projects and 44 for Life by visiting and

American Idol Finalist Andrew Garcia Joins Gable Heart Beats

“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 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.

Pete Moore of The Miracles Joins the GHB Community

The Gable Heart Beats Foundation (GHB) announces that Motown legend Pete Moore of The Miracles has joined their Community. The GHB Community is comprised of musicians, athletes, comedians, and celebrities working with the Foundation to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and other forms of heart disease. The Community also promotes mandatory heart screenings for young people everywhere.

Pete Moore was a bass singer and songwriter for The Miracles, a band he started with his childhood friend Smokey Robinson in 1955. Mr. Moore has since written a catalog of hits, including “The Tracks of My Tears,” which alone sold over one million records for The Miracles within two years of its release. In addition, Pete Moore has written a catalog of songs, many of which were recorded by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, and many more.

“I admire that the Gable Heart Beats Foundation is using music to raise awareness of heart disease,” Pete shared. His twin daughters, Monique and Monette, have also joined the Community to support GHB’s efforts across the globe. They have agreed to influence and support the Foundation’s musical direction.

“Pete Moore is a music legend as far as we’re concerned,” said GHB’s Executive Director, Amy Mayo. “The love, guidance, and support we already get from Pete and his family just inspires us to keep driving forward,” she continued. “Pete’s circle of influence runs wide and deep, which helps broaden the Foundation’s impact on people.” The Gable Heart Beats Foundation welcomes Pete Moore and his daughters to the team.

Visit the Gable Heart Beats Foundation at to make a contribution and download the album One Race Human. Learn more about Pete Moore by visiting and

Picture 1: (Clockwise from left) Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Ron White, Smokey Robinson
Picture 2: (L to R) Pete Moore, Stevie Wonder, Billy Griffin, and B. Taylor

NBA Star Bo Kimble Partners with Gable Heart Beats

Bo Kimble and Forty-Four for Life Team up with Gable Heart Beats

Gregory “Bo” Kimble (formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers; New York Knicks) has experienced first hand the devastating tragedy of HCM.  He witnessed his long time friend and team-mate, Hank Gathers, collapse and die during a Loyola Marymount University basketball game on March 4, 1990.  Seventeen years later, the unthinkable happened again. During a city league basketball tournament, Mr. Kimble witnessed the loss of another victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.   For him, it was time to make a difference.  It was time to educate people globally about deadly heart diseases and methods to increase survival rates from them.

Forty-four for Life (44 for Life) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to decreasing the rate of death and disability due to life- threatening heart diseases. The organization was co-founded by Tamara Goode and Greg- ory “Bo” Kimble, both individuals who suffered devastating losses due to heart disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.




The mission of Forty-four for Life is to assist the public in preventing untimely death due to Heart disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest within at- risk populations, including but not limited to persons with preexisting heart conditions, ath- letes, women, children, and minorities. We will empower people to save lives through the im- plementation of quality training programs in Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Disease Awareness and prevention; cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Automate External Defibrilla- tor (AED) use; heart screening; and donation of AEDs.


In 1990, the Loyola Marymount Lions (Los An- geles, CA) dazzled the country with their out- standing style of basketball—shooting the ball every 4seconds and setting NCAA records for the highest-scoring basketball games in NCAA Division I history. Leading the team were Hank Gathers (#44) and Bo Kimble—childhood friends since middle school. No one will ever forget March 4, 1990. Within minutes and in front of millions of viewers, Hank collapsed and succumbed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the tender age of 23. Seventeen years later, Bo Kimble would encounter the unthinkable. Dur- ing a New Jersey city league basketball tournament, he witnessed the loss of another victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. No one present that day knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or had access to life saving cardiovascular equipment (Automated External Defibrillators- AED). Bo quickly learned that Sudden Cardiac Arrest was a leading cause of death in competi- tive athletes and despite significant medical advances; heart disease was still the leading cause of death among people worldwide. Heart disease was no mystery to Dr. Goode. She lived it first hand with the death of her father who was 44 when he succumbed to a massive heart attack. She knew that familial history was a risk factor of heart disease. All of her father’s siblings suffered some form of heart disease; however, little did she know or expect that 4 days after the birth of her son that she would go into heart failure. It was time to make a differ- ence and join the fight against deadly heart conditions. The Forty-four (44) for Life Foun- dation was developed.


♥ Heart Disease Education and Awareness Community Outreach Programs

♥ Shock the City Tour—Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness and AED donation

♥ Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

♥ Public Access to Defibrillation Programs

♥ Youth Heart Screenings via electrocardiography (EKG) and echocardiography (ECHO)

♥ Heart Screening for heart disease and stroke risk in adults

♥ Heart Disease Risk Factor Prevention Programs

♥ Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

♥ Dental Screening and Prevention for Youth

♥ AED Donation

♥ Motivational Speaking

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects

Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest through early detection, education, and increased public awareness.

Learn how to protect your loved ones through early detection and/or how to plan a cardiac screening in your community:

Holly Morrell
Founder/Exec. Dir
Heartfelt Cardiac Projects
Tel 949. 494.6575
Cell 949. 933.3848


*any amount is greatly appreciated*




“Peace of mind…one screening at a time.”

Young Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Hank Gathers’ Family is just one of many families who have suffered from the tragedy of an HCM related death.

During his 1988–89 basketball season at Loyola Marymount, Hank Gathers became the second player in history to lead NCAA Division I in scoring and rebounding in the same season, averaging 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Loyola Marymount still holds the place in the NCAA record books for being involved in the five highest scoring games in Division I history.

On March 4th, 1990, within a crowded gymnasium and on televisions across the world, millions of people witnessed the unthinkable. This bright, talented, and incredibly strong athlete suddenly collapsed during a NCAA divisional basketball game. Hank Gathers died from HCM. Continue reading Young Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

NY Knicks Ronny Turiaf Partners with GHB

Ronny Turiaf knows what it is like to need medical care for your heart and not have money to receive proper treatment.  Growing up on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, Ronny Turiaf made a name for himself on the basketball court.  He was drafted to the NBA in 2005 and was set to play for the Lakers until an echocardiogram showed a life-threatening heart condition – an enlarged aortic root.  After undergoing open-heart surgery, he was back on the court to play the remainder of the 2005-2006 season and now plays with the New York Nicks.

When his own health problem was discovered Ronny was just out of college and could not pay for the surgery. Continue reading NY Knicks Ronny Turiaf Partners with GHB