LTMS students get March Madness for heart disease
Although winter sports have wrapped-up, basketballs were flying last Thursday in the Lexington Trails Middle School gym.
Eighth-graders shot around the gym Thursday as a reward for raising money for the annual Hoops for Heart Fundraiser.
Elaina McEndree, eighth-grader, said students collected pledges from relatives and family friends for the event.
“We didn’t go door to door because of the stranger thing,” she said. “The whole eighth-grade raised money.”
Desiree Nelson, eighth-grader, said that if a student's family couldn’t afford to help with donations, the school pitched in.
Every $5 students collected made students eligible for a raffle for prizes such as movie tickets.
If each student collected $10 or $15, the school could donate more than $3,000 for the cause, Nelson said.
The entire day was dedicated to hoops play. Each grade took a turn hitting the baskets with a variety of games from knock-out to horse.
“It makes you feel good to support others who need help,” Desiree said of raising money.
The students took time to learn about heart disease and whom it affects, Elaina said.
“It’s good to learn about and raise money for because families are at risk for heart disease,” she said.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the fifth-leading cause of death for those aged 15 years to 24 years.
In the United States, total cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. It is the No. 1 cause of death for people age 75 and older, while it’s the No. 2 cause of death for those ages 25-75 years of age.
While, the total funds raised were unavailable at press time, the school has raised more than $70,000 for the cause over the years.