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'.