Though devastated by the sudden passing of my husband, the late Coach Chip Malone, I cherish the thirty years of wonderful memories and will work to help others in the fight against heart disease through the organization he founded.
After my husband’s death, there was an outpouring of respect, favorite stories, quotes and appreciation for the support he rendered to countless people that he came in contact with. Some of these things, his children nor I were aware of.
You never know the tremendous impact that can come from one individual. That one individual that will take challenges head-on. He touched so many lives and made everyone feel as though they were meant for greatness. My life partner didn’t take the short cuts and was bigger than life.
Because he said “I don’t want what happened to me to happen to have to happen to anybody,” after his heart transplant, we set out together taking the 4.5 year assignment seriously. We told our story of challenges, hope and of medical advancement to over 40,000 individuals of all ages and backgrounds throughout the state of Georgia.
Our story is one of success. I will honor the legacy he created by telling about Narleski “Chip” Malone, husband, father, former coach friend, author, and fighter who was given a second chance to live a life of triumph.
~Cynthia Malone, Co-Founder
Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease, LLC
Cynthia Malone, Co-Founder
To Book Cynthia Malone:
PO Box 9137
Warner Robins, GA 31095
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.
ABOUT COACH MALONE
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?”
Mr. Malone, we have a potential heart for you!
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.
We received this heartfelt note from the American Heart Association. It feels good to be recognized by colleague organizations in the fight against Heart Disease!
Dear Cynthia —
From our Heart Family to yours, we thank you for speaking out for policies that help build healthier communities and healthier lives. Your time, voice and energy are important to saving and improving lives. It’s because of your inspiring dedication to the American Heart Association’s mission that we are making an impact in fighting heart diseases and stroke. During this season of Thanksgiving, we thank you for making our world a healthier place to live, work, and play.
Coach Malone!!! This is so exciting!!! Can’t wait to read the book and have been telling all of my friends about it!!! I’m so happy for you and proud of you!!
Deb (“nose over toes!!”)
Your story is so powerful and I hope you continue to share your story with other Churches and go to as many places as possible – to share this good news! You are a very powerful speaker and so many people can benefit from hearing not only your story, but the statistics that you bring with your story. I decided this year will be the year I start loosing weight and getting back into shape. I’m 57, retired from the Navy in 1993 and about 25 pounds overweight.
Me and my wife have started eating more fruits and vegetables but have to get the physical thing going. So your story will helped motivate me (and my wife) further to continue to push, get out and walk, eat healthier, and see the doctor on a regular basis.
So thanks again for coming today. May God continue to bless you and your wife. And may you continue to talk on this subject and be financially blessed for the “second” chance “you” are giving others – by telling people what they can do to change their own health!!!
I wanted to let you know that you have been selected to be featured in the “Faces of Transplantation 2013” Calendar. I submitted the nomination information after meeting you and reading your compelling book. The “Faces of Transplantation” calendar is an annual publication that is distributed throughout Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico featuring transplant recipients.
On behalf of the entire staff at LifeLink, I would like to thank you for participating in the 2013 LifeLink Faces of Transplantation Calendar & Annual Report. This is an important educational tool that we utilize with medical professionals and the public.
Jennifer Krouse, Manager/Public Affairs
The Lord works in mysterious ways and I feel it was definitely meant for our paths to cross.I still would like for you to speak to our congregation as I feel they would truly benefit from your testimony.
J. A. Berry, RN, BSN
Chip’n Away @ Heart Disease received thanks for donation to transplant candidates, recipients, living donors and their families giving financial, educational and emotional support.
Ga Transplant Foundation
Coach Malone and Mrs. Malone,
I want to thank you both for your everlasting efforts supporting the transplant candidatesand the American Heart Association.
Coach my father died of heart attack in 1974 at the age of 59. I know it was many years ago and treatment was not as advanced as it is today. As a young person, I would see my father in chest pain many times during his life. I still think even back then he waited too long to get the care he needed.
I have been a supporter of the Heart Association for many years now. As a participant of your Cardiac Car Show for the past three years, I just want to say that your message is very important and that you are the living example that every hard headed man should follow.
With the knowledge of what my father went through I am now 69 going on 70. You are passing on the important message of today for all Men and Women. I want to thank you for all you and your staff is doing. I salute you today and every day.