A kid’s point of view: This is why we jump rope

Uncle Dan's heart arrived at the hospital inside that cooler at 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2012. A bunch of the family was hanging out in the lobby, knowing it was on its way, and when it got there everybody was really happy but also really sad for the family of the person who donated it.  My mom's cousin Heather took this photo.

Would you believe Uncle Dan’s heart was inside that cooler? One of my cousins took this picture at 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2012, the day he got his transplant. A bunch of the family was waiting at the hospital, and when it got there everybody was really happy but also really sad for the family of the person who donated it.

Today in gym class we are doing Jump Rope for Heart. It is a fundraiser for (guess who) the American Heart Association.

colleenBesides jumping rope, we do hurdles and stuff. We did this last year and it was A LOT of fun! My favorite thing about it is that it raises money for people like my Great Uncle Dan with bad hearts. We were really worried about him. In fact, we had our family Christmas party at the hospital when I was 9 because he was in such bad shape. But then he got a heart transplant, and he is much better now.

I am glad the heart association does research on heart problems. If you would like to donate to my page, click on this link

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5 Responses to A kid’s point of view: This is why we jump rope

  1. Gpa says:

    Good job, Colleen

  2. I did this fundraiser when I was a kid, so fun! And it supports a great organization! Great job!

  3. It’s amazing to think that someone’s heart is in that cooler.
    One of my collegues had a heart transplant a few years ago. He is a new man and living life. He was so close to death that he lost all body hair because his body was shutting down. Now he wears his hair long, because he can.

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