Meet the Solans
Richard and Carolyn are Charlotte, NC, natives and local business owners who found their passion for saving lives through their journey toward veganism. In 2005, after stumbling upon the reality of factory farming, the couple adopted a vegetarian lifestyle.
Six years later, after a diagnosis of bicuspid aortic valve disease, Rick continued his research along with Carolyn, and they ultimately learned that a vegan diet had the potential to improve his heart health as well as reverse the health problems associated with the standard American diet (SAD). After viewing the documentary Forks Over Knives, featuring Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., they threw out all of the oils and dairy products from their home and went shopping, leading them to a fully plant-based diet.
Over the next year, Carolyn and Rick followed Dr. Esselstyn’s diet, as outlined in Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, resulting in a 70 point drop in cholesterol for Rick, as well as a loss of 32 pounds, and the avoidance of Alzheimer’s disease in Carolyn, who’s mother, sister, and brother had already been taken from the disease.
Rick and Carolyn have donated to and volunteered at farm sanctuaries leading up to the opening of Changing Hearts Farm, and Rick served as a board member of Full Circle Farm Sanctuary in Warm Springs, Georgia. The couple also own and operate a green-certified carpet cleaning company in Charlotte. Their lives truly reflect a full commitment to a plant-based, environmentally-friendly lifestyle for the animals, for the planet, and for their health. Changing Hearts Farm is the Solans’ way of extending their newfound healthy lives to others.
to save the lives of and offer asylum to farmed animals headed toward an otherwise unfortunate fate;
to pay it forward by dedicating our extended lives (thanks to the health gained through vegan lifestyles) to helping extend and improve the lives of creatures who are helpless without us;
to educate and pass on what we’ve learned when it comes to adopting a vegan lifestyle;
to encourage and offer guidance to those who are interested in becoming vegan;
to prove that compassion and respect for all lives still exists in a world where it’d be easy to believe that it doesn’t.