Haleigh Wins Save-On-Foods Amazing Kid Award

Ted Pigeon of Save-On-Foods presents Haleigh with a cheque for $1,000 for being an Amazing Kid at the CTV Vancouver Island station.

Haleigh said, “Some will go to Jump Rope for Heart and the rest will go to university.”


From the CTV website:

VICTORIA – At the young age of eight, Cordova Bay Elementary student Haleigh Miklic Heppell has already dedicated much of her life to a cause close to her heart – literally. Having endured open heart surgery as a baby and losing her father shortly thereafter to a heart attack, Haleigh has made it her mission to fix broken hearts. For three years she has been Vancouver Island’s top fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and last year she was the top fundraiser in BC. Haleigh has created her own website, www.HaleighJumpsRopeforHeart.com, where she accepts donations and hosts video segments on healthy heart tips. From her website to knocking on doors, Haleigh has already surpassed her fundraising goals for this year but looks forward to her school’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign in April so she can raise even more. One day, this Amazing Kid hopes to become a heart doctor and artist.

To nominate an Amazing Kid go to http://www.saveonfoods.com

Source: http://www.ctvvancouverisland.ca/2013/03/save-on-foods-amazing-kids-haleigh-miklic-heppell

Global TV Interview

Every year, thousands of BC schoolchildren take part in a jump rope campaign to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Kylie Stanton spoke with one girl who has a special reason for getting involved.

CHEK News Interview

Tess Van Straaten from CHEK News interviews Haleigh and Cindy.

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: http://haleighjumpsropeforheart.com/

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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

Saanich News – Saanich elementary student ‘fixing broken hearts’

Haleigh Miklic, in Grade 1 at Cordova Bay elementary school, shows off her T-shirt adorned with the names of people who contributed to her Jump Rope for Heart campaign. After overcoming open heart surgery as an infant, the seven-year-old is driven to “fix broken hearts.”

Haleigh was featured in the local community newspaper, Saanich News on May 1, 2012. Here is an excerpt of the story.

On April 26, all 266 students at the school participated in Jump Rope for Heart, an all-day jump rope fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Among the kids burning off energy for a good cause was Haleigh Miklic, a seven-year-old student for whom the event holds special meaning. As an infant, Miklic was diagnosed with a significant sized ventricular septal defect and pulmonary stenosis – or, as she explains it, a “broken heart.”

After open heart surgery, Miklic was given a clean bill of health. Sadly, her family was soon hit hard again by cardiovascular tragedy when her father suffered a heart attack and died at age 38.

Miklic surpassed her goal of raising $2,000 in pledges toward fixing broken hearts and has already set her sights on bringing in $3,000 in 2013.

via Saanich News – Saanich elementary student 'fixing broken hearts'.