Press Release: Heart Month Motivates Grade 3 Student, Haleigh, to Help Fix Broken Hearts

heart-and-stroke-foundationFor Immediate Release: February 2013

Victoria – Haleigh Miklic is just 8-years-old, but she is determined to set new fundraising records for the third year in a row – a goal she has made since Kindergarten. An ever enthusiastic grade-three student from Cordova Bay Elementary, her fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart Program shows that age is no deterrent to making a difference.

Haleigh has a close connection to the cause. As an infant she was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis and successfully underwent open heart surgery. Sadly, her family was soon hit hard again by cardiovascular tragedy when her father passed away after suffering a heart attack at age 38.

Although Haleigh is just 8, her age doesn’t discourage her from having an impact, nor does her history with heart disease. Her school participates in the Heart and Stroke Foundations Jump Rope for Heart program and Haleigh has been Victoria’s top fundraiser ever since she started fundraising in Kindergarten. Last year, raising $2,221.00, she became the province’s highest fundraiser. She has set up her own website dedicated to gaining support for her campaign and even offers personal incentives for businesses and individuals who donate.

Celeste Zimmer from Heart & Stroke Foundation with Haleigh

Celeste Zimmer from Heart & Stroke Foundation with Haleigh

This year, Haleigh is getting started on her mission early to coordinate her efforts during February – National Heart Month. Haleigh will be sharing heart healthy tips on her website, showcasing her many skipping skills and will offer donors a chance to win a special prize. She is determined to raise even more this year with a goal of $3,000 in hopes that “together, we can help other families who have broken hearts too” Haleigh says. She is more driven than ever to help other families who have been affected by cardiovascular disease.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation believes that everyone has the right to grow up healthy where they live, learn and play. “We are so grateful that Haleigh and her family are dedicated to helping us make this vision a reality” says Janice Krall, Area Manager from the Vancouver Island Heart and Stroke office. “Haleigh has been such a bright light of courage sharing her personal story, it’s so inspiring to see someone so young with so much ambition having such a great impact in our community” Krall says.

About the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

To learn more about Haleigh’s mission or to make a donation, please visit:

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For more information please contact:

Cindy Heppell (Miklic)
(250) 514-3800

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Victoria Area Office
Celeste Zimmer, Community Development Coordinator