You may remember his red shoelace project during basketball season called Teams Against Heart Disease during February (Heart Awareness Month.) Middle & High School teams, cheerleaders and coaches joined in the fight. This allowed us to reach nearly 15,000 fans during halftime of the county’s basketball games. Along with many volunteers, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of adolescents by raising awareness about the increase in heart disease in youth. My wife, Cynthia, and I continue to volunteer by going into high schools to present to health science classes each semester.
“This disease, as you know, is unbiased.” “It doesn’t matter the family, age of the individual, gender, demographics or social status.” “It is a killer.” Recently, TNT broadcasting reached out to Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease after hearing about our initiatives. I pointed out to producers of a familiar television show the fact that “this community works together to provide information that promotes a holistic approach to a healthier lifestyle that includes our youth.” There are over 120,000 people waiting on a donor organ and/or tissue to enhance the quality of their lives. Over four thousand of those waiting are in the state of GA. “I feel that this annual community outreach will help to remind us of the need for organ and tissue donation while educating our community on living a healthier lifestyle.”
To Your Health,
Coach Chip Malone
THANKS AGAIN TO THE ADMINISTRATORS, ALL COACHES, STUDENT ATHELTES and CHEER SQUADS for
Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease
Chip Malone is a retired Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Warner Robins High School from 1991 to 2009 before retiring in 2009. He lead teams to three Region Championships, one Sweet 16, one Elite 8, one State Final (runner up), and holds an unsurpassed record of six consecutive Bear Brawl Christmas Basketball Tournament Championships in a row.
I have another passion after becoming a heart transplant recipient in November, 2010. I now dedicate my time to honor the memory of my organ donor by telling this story in an effort to promote heart health. I am a family man, former educator and coach for 32 years following my destiny as an author of a book entitled “A Second Chance”. The book depicts a struggle to live, the power of love and triumph that will encourage your faith. Hear the story and why I am thankful for a second chance.
I am a Mentor with the GA Transplant Foundation who believes that education is the key to reducing heart disease, and since experience is the best teacher, I hope that others can benefit from mine. I will continue Chip’n Away at Heart Disease. And now I ask you, “What would you do with a God-given second chance?”
Fundraising is a matter of life and death for some transplant candidates, and a matter of quality of life for others. Your generous donation will help Coach Malone’s endeavors to assume self-responsibility for his medical needs by fundraising.