American Heart Association

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


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


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


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


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: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lauren Lindberg jumped at the opportunity to fight cardiovascular disease


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: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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


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: Blog|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 […]

AHA wraps up a year worth quacking about

In the annals of the American Heart Association, the 2013-14 fiscal year may be remembered for a single item.

A rubber duck.

More specifically, the six “LifeSaver Ducks” used as reward incentives for kids who raised money through the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs at their schools.

These […]

Fifth-grader jumping for dad’s memories one of nation’s top fundraisers

Reghan Haynes, a fifth-grader who devoted school fundraising efforts to her father after he died from heart disease late last summer, finished among the nation’s top fundraisers for the Jump Rope For Heart program.

Reghan, from Hays, Kan., raised a total of about $5,700, which is more than $5,000 more […]