Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes preventive measures to improve heart-health. The organization began in 2011 and focuses on efforts to fight heart disease. Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease sponsors community health initiatives including Teams Against Heart Disease Red Shoelace Project, What’s Your 120/80, and the annual Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease CARDIAC Car Show.
Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease was founded by the late Coach Narleski “Chip” Malone. The Coach was the former head boys’ basketball coach at Warner Robins High School and was a well-respected figure in the community. He founded Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease, becoming a spokesperson and advocate for battling heart disease after he underwent a heart transplant in 2010. Following his successful surgery, he maintained a disciplined and healthy lifestyle.
One evening Coach Malone and a family friend were having a discussion. Coach Malone explained that he wanted to share his story so others would not have to experience what he went through. The family friend commented, “I’ll let everybody know that “Chip” will be chipping away at heart disease real soon.” And the name was chosen for the organization.
Coach Malone and his wife, Cynthia Malone partnered with many organizations throughout the state of Georgia that were dedicated in fighting heart disease. From this couple’s experience, the message of hope was delivered to 40,000 individuals in nearly five years since the inception of the organization. The couple visited high schools, colleges and health fairs in and around Houston County sharing Coach Malone’s experience and giving tips on how to live a healthier life and how to prevent heart disease. The two also traveled throughout the state of Georgia.
Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease was soon awarded non-profit status. The organization added scholarships to deserving high school students to assist in furthering their college education.
In addition to public speaking, the coach partnered with the Georgia Transplant Foundation and became a volunteer with the American Heart Association and Lifelink of Georgia. He was led to write about his experience in a book. His published account, ‘A Second Chance,’ depicts his struggle to live and the power of love and triumph he experienced, while highlighting the effects of this deadly disease. He passed away suddenly in October, 2015.
Today, Cynthia Malone runs the organization. She speaks publicly, educating people on the risk factors for heart disease. Her dedication to bringing awareness to audiences on ways to improve heart health, lifestyle changes and pre and post-transplant experiences is based on what she has witnessed first-hand.
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Chip Malone was a former 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.
After becoming a heart transplant recipient in November, 2010, I dedicate my time in honor of my organ donor in an effort to promote heart health. I am a family man, retired educator and coach (32 years of service); and the author of “A Second Chance”. The book depicts a struggle to live with heart disease, the power of love and triumph that will encourage your faith. From this book, you will understand why I am thankful for a second chance. As a Mentor with the GA Transplant Foundation, volunteer with the American Heart Association & LifeLink of GA, I encourage education as the key to reducing heart disease. I hope that others can benefit from hearing my personal experience. I will continue Chip’n Away at Heart Disease. And now I ask you, “What would you do with a God-given second chance?”
With that statement, two families were impacted on November 3, 2010; both the donor family and Coach Chip Malone’s. He and his wife spent fifty days at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital for him to be list as a candidate and miraculously receiving a heart transplant in just three weeks.
Coach Narleski “Chip” Malone used the next 4.5 years to remind communities of the importance of heart disease prevention. There are over 122,500 people in the United States in need an organ and/or tissue to enhance the quality of their lives. More than 5,400 of those waiting are in the state of Georgia. Eighteen people die a day waiting for organ donation.
There is no glamour in the process of recovery or the fight to maintain good post-transplant health. Cynthia Malone, wife and co-founder of Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease is thankful for the multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals and the transplant family that provided care to her husband during those years.
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