American Heart Association

Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lee Matzeder’s heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn’t from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship.

The 55-year-old elementary school […]

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As with most Saturdays, Michael King was on the basketball court refereeing another game in 2011 when he started feeling hot and tired. He stepped outside for some fresh air. A friend went to check on him but couldn’t find a pulse, even though King […]

March 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

Nearly three decades of instilling kids with the joy of breaking a sweat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly three decades ago, newly arrived physical education teacher Dave Jones was looking for a project that would instill kids with more than just basic athletic skills and the joy of breaking a sweat.

He found the American Heart Association. Its Jump Rope For Heart program inspires […]

School district recognized for supporting youth programs

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly 8,000 students and 72 Jefferson County schools raised a record $272,000 for the American Heart Association this year, making it the top fundraising district in Kentucky and No. 12 in the nation.

“It is a daily inspiration to witness the dedication to community involvement and […]

Idaho girl jumps for her Pau Pau

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Mikala Hicks had no doubt about who she would be jumping for at her school’s Jump Rope For Heart event last school year.

Fanly Lim, her grandmother, or, in Cantonese, her “Pau Pau.”

Mikala, 10, is close to her grandmother, who picks her up after school each […]

Small town hit by tornado stays in fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A year and a half after a deadly tornado in Washington, Illinois, destroyed homes, tore up roads and displaced families, the town has rallied to rebuild — and to give back.

This spring, residents raised more than $50,000 to fight heart disease.

Yet back on Nov. 17, […]

July 7th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Small town hit by tornado stays in fight against heart disease

Lauren Lindberg jumped at the opportunity to fight cardiovascular disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lauren Lindberg never got the chance to meet her maternal grandfather, Roger Obringer, who died before she was born—heart attack at age 37. But when a form came home from Lauren’s school to participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart fundraising drive, […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lauren Lindberg jumped at the opportunity to fight cardiovascular disease

A slam dunk in fundraising for Massachusetts school

North Attleboro Middle School in Massachusetts broke a record this year for Hoops for Heart by surpassing a cumulative $1 million for the American Heart Association and drawing the attention of the New England Patriots.

The school, which has boasted the No. 1 fundraising title for Hoops for Heart for […]

Bran Lackey’s heart could not stop him from jumping to raise money

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eleven-year-old Bran Lackey was born with a serious heart defect but he has still jumped his way to raising more than $80,000 through Jump Rope For Heart, including $25,000 this year.

Although Bran’s current school doesn’t participate in the fundraiser, the fifth-grader has been donating the […]

April 30th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Small town finishes big in heart-health fundraising efforts

The final numbers are in for Hayward, Wisconsin:  Students in the town of 2,313 officially finished second in the nation raising funds for heart health through the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart program.

The total of $100,500 raised by Hayward primary and intermediate schools is more than double […]