“Harness the transformative power of love and gratitude”

The American Heart Association uses all revenues from “Go Red For Women” to support awareness, research, education and community programs focused on improving women’s heart health. These funds lead to educational programs that advance women’s understanding about heart disease and providing tools and motivation to help women reduce their risk. A woman who “Goes Red” is more likely to follow an exercise routine, eat a healthier diet, visit her doctor for important tests and influence others by talking about heart health.

As a lifelong educator, Cindy Marten chooses to support GRFW because of its history of improving health outcomes through research and education. Cindy’s involvement is in honor of her 80 year old mother who suffered a heart attack in January of 2018 and in memory of her husband.

10 Things About Cindy Marten & Go Red For Women

#1 I was born in Chicago and adopted when I was 5 days old. We lived on Pleasant Avenue in Highland Park until 1977 when our family moved to Prosperity Lane in San Diego.


#2 My first job was a babysitter at the Family Fitness Center (now 24 Hour Fitness Center) at University Town Center. It is where I met my husband when I was 17.


#3 The Fish Market is my favorite restaurant in San Diego.


#4 One of my favorite books is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: “It is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and beings with love, admiration and respect.”


#5 My favorite movie is “The Big Chill” because it is the movie my husband and I saw on our first date on September 28, 1983.


#6 I have a 10-year old chihuahua named Mocha.


#7 I try to take time to practice gratitude every day. I do this through photography, noticing something beautiful or something to be thankful and snapping a photo daily.


#8 My mom, Fern Siegel, taught me the power of giving back to our community. She was President of Jewish Family Service here in San Diego.


#9 In September 2016, we launched a CPR In Schools training program, a collaboration between the district, the American Heart Association, and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. The training has resulted in two saves already. A local 8th grader saved her cousin at a family event. A 3rd grader saved his mother. I can’t imagine a larger impact than saving a life.


#10 My husband lived 17 years past his heart attack at age 42 and 10 years past his stroke at age 48. American Heart Association funded research allowed me 17 more years with my beloved husband, Sergio.


American Heart Association

Go Red For Women

February 28, 2019


Fairmont Grand Del Mar