October 31, 2019
Oct. 31, 2019—Ault Elementary School third grade student Alexa was chosen to be the National Ambassador for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Kids Heart Challenge program. Alexa’s story will be shared with more than 23,000 students, teachers and families across the country.
Alexa was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, meaning there was a hole in her heart. Alexa had heart surgery before she was a year old and underwent additional surgery when she was 7 years old. Alexa is doing well now, thanks to the AHA and Kids Heart Challenge.
“At many CFISD campuses, students participate in events that support and promote heart health,” said Loretta Bourn, coordinator of elementary music and PE. “The American Heart Association annually names ‘Heart Heroes’ from around the country, selecting individuals to recognize their commitment, courage, empathy and care regarding heart health. We are proud to have one of our very own students selected this year as a Heart Hero and National Ambassador for the AHA’s Kids Heart Challenge program. Alexa and her parents are true Heart Heroes and deserving of this national award!”
The Kids Heart Challenge is led by a committee of volunteers, comprised of PE teachers, counselors and school nurses, and teaches students about their heart, how to care for it all while raising money for children with heart defects.
“The kids really get excited about Kids Heart Challenge every year,” said Kori Neven, Ault PE teacher. “We talk about why it’s important and why you need to keep your heart healthy. I am very excited about doing the Kids Heart Challenge this year, not only because we can tell Alexa’s important story, but then I can also share my heart hero story. In 2014, I suffered a heart attack at school and I am a survivor as well.”
As the Kids Heart Challenge National Ambassador, Alexa’s goal is to help spread awareness and be an example for children like her.
“If you come in touch with kids who have heart problems, don’t be scared at all,” Alexa said. “And for kids like me, I want them to keep being brave like me and do the things they want to do.”
CFISD has supported the American Heart Association’s programs such as Kids Heart Challenge, formally known as Jump Rope For Heart and the Northwest Harris Country Heart Walk. Both campaigns seek to establish healthy habits for teachers, students and families all while raising money to fight heart disease and stroke.