American Heart Association

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

New York elementary school breaks fundraising record

An elementary school in upstate New York raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the American Heart Association this year, making it the top-earning school in the history of Jump Rope for Heart.

In 2008, French Road Elementary School in Rochester achieved its goal of surpassing $1 million for its combined years […]

Ohio dad saves his toddler son using infant CPR

As parents of three young boys, Eli and Melissa Thomas are used to constant roughhousing, teasing and noise.

So, they immediately feared the silence last August during a family trip to a relative’s home with a pool.

The pool was new and the gate to the pool deck was not completely installed. During […]

Siblings from struggling family jump at chance to help others

Nine-year-old Alexander Reese and his 8-year-old sister Anastasia Kenny have wanted to join their classmates in school fundraisers, but they just haven’t been able to help lately.

It’s proven too difficult during a tough time for the Greenville, S.C., family, which has been living in a transitional apartment for homeless […]