We are proud to salute Martha Mosier, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, who was recognized as a San Diego Woman of Impact nominee for spearheading Team REal Heart, which raised $32,600 and collected a campaign total of 39,800 points.
More importantly, throughout the campaign, our five regions (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego) provided CPR training, critical heart-health training, and risk awareness for thousands of our agents and employees.
Over a nine-week period, Martha and Team REal Heart raised the funds and completed multiple projects that earned the team 7,200 impact points, for their campaign total of 39,800.
When Martha learned that one in four women will suffer from coronary heart disease in their lifetimes, she knew she had to take action. A busy executive, Martha decided becoming an advocate for heart health awareness was a calling she could not resist. Martha quickly assembled an enthusiastic team and fully leaned into this challenge.
As a result, Team REal Heart was created, comprised of real estate professionals and employees whose mission is to share the symptoms of heart disease, when and how to get tested, and steps anyone can take to protect themselves and loved ones.
Throughout the nine-week campaign, Team REal Heart raised $32,600 for the American Heart Association, and completed several team activities, which ultimately helped them achieve an impressive social media reach of more than 20,000. The process all began in fall 2022, when Martha was invited to meet three women from the Association. At the time, she was not looking to take on any projects, but within the first five minutes, she learned the statistic about how one in four women will suffer from coronary heart disease, and how heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined. She had no idea that 350,000 adults suffer from heart attacks in the U.S. each year, and that women are far less likely than men to receive CPR after cardiac arrest.
“In the last 18 months, I had lost two male friends/co-workers and a dear girlfriend to fatal and sudden heart attacks,” Martha said. “Additionally, one of our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Vice Presidents and my brother were diagnosed and treated for high-risk heart disease requiring stents to be placed in their arteries. I felt a tremendous tug at my heart and an overwhelming feeling that this request from the American Heart Association was happening for a reason. I felt compelled to use our platforms to try to make a difference.”
Closely working with Martha on her awareness efforts is Executive Assistant Ashley Cruz. “Team REal Heart incorporates our intention – that we will pour our hearts into this initiative and our industry, with the ‘RE’ in our name standing for real estate,” Ashley said.
“We are raising awareness through all channels of communication. We have engaged thousands of followers on social media with statistics about heart disease and advice on seeking medical attention as soon as symptoms strike. The nine-week campaign has ended, but we will continue the conversation around the importance of heart health in Southern California.”
Since its founding in February, Team REal Heart completed multiple projects, including:
“Raising as much awareness as we possibly could, and educating as many people about heart health and CPR and AED training, was not a challenge I accepted lightly,” Martha said. “But I knew that our network would be incredibly supportive, and would benefit from this important initiative for heart health. We will continue to advocate for as long as it is needed.”
Martha’s advice to anyone wanting to get involved is to get educated. Team REal Heart’s No. 1 priority has been to spread awareness. Martha shared she is significantly more knowledgeable and informed on cardiovascular diseases and heart health than she was just a few months ago, and is truly grateful for this opportunity to spread awareness. She invites everyone to follow her on Facebook and Instagram at @marthabhhscalifornia to stay up to date on the latest news and educational resources.
“I personally find that practicing daily gratitude helps me reduce stress, which ultimately helps reduce my risk of heart disease, and makes me a better person. There is no downside,” Martha said.
Learn more about how you can support the American Heart Association and annual Go Red for Women/Women of Impact campaign.