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Apalachin 4th grader honored as top fundraiser at Kids Heart Challenge event

(Apalachin, NY) – Apalachin Elementary School students got active and celebrated an important cause during a fun ceremony on Friday. The American Heart Association and Apalachin Elementary are working together to make whole-body wellness a priority as students participate in Kids Heart Challenge™.

At Friday morning’s ceremony, the school recognized 4th grader Lucas Jones as the top fundraiser this year. Lucas beat his goal of raising $1,000 in memory of his twin brother, Jacob, who passed away shortly after birth due to heart complications. During the event on Friday, Lucas’s classmates wore stickers with Jacob’s name on them to show their support.

Lucas raised money by making videos for family and friends and posting them to Facebook. His mom said he asks everyday about who responded to his videos. Lucas’s older brother, Kaiden, raised $1,000 for Kids Heart Challenge in Jacob’s memory back in 2018, as well. This year, the school raised a total of $11,000.

Funds raised by Kids Heart Challenge participants support the American Heart Association’s scientific research and outreach programs, paving the way for technological breakthroughs to improve health outcomes while creating healthier communities.

Kids Heart Challenge is a more than 40-year-old program that targets improving whole-body wellness. The program offers schools a curriculum which prepares kids for success by supporting their physical and emotional well-being, new learning resources and physical activities to meet the needs of today’s youth and educators.