Taylor Austerer, a fifth-grade student at Hall Elementary School, raised $1,205 in Jump Rope for Heart July 20, making her the top student fundraiser for the program this year. Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart are fundraising events that take place in elementary schools and middle schools all over the nation. Participants learn jump rope and basketball skills and raise money for the American Heart Association while learning how to develop heart-healthy habits like being physically active.
Austerer had previously participated, but never raised as much money for the cause. Taylor and her mother, Rebecca, participated in the Southern Maine Heart Walk and raised money for that event as well.
Breaking a new Maine record, students from 180 schools across Maine together raised $505,000.
The AHA’s mission hits close to home for the Austerer family. Taylor’s maternal grandmother, maternal grandfather and several of her great aunts and uncles all died suddenly from heart attacks. Taylor’s uncle also suffered a stroke at a young age.
“I enjoy helping people that are having a hard time. I think people that have problems with their heart deserve to be happy too,” Taylor said.
Catalina Sposato, studying aeronautical engineering
Southern Maine Community College
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