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March 21, 2015

Jumping Up for Healthy Hearts


Ben Brakebill, son of EmpiriStat, Inc. consultant Chelsea Albrecht, knew he wanted to participate the minute he heard about the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart event at his school. After Ben, a very compassionate six-year-old, heard about the challenges many people, including other children, have to endure regarding heart transplants and other issues with heart health, he ran home and told his parents he had to do be part of the jump rope fundraiser.

Jump Rope for Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For nearly 25 years, Jump Rope for Heart has promoted fitness among elementary school students and raised money for heart research and education.

While Jump Rope for Heart takes place at numerous elementary and middle schools across the country, Ben will be doing his part at his school, First Flight Elementary, part of the Dare Public Schools in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. There will a representative from the AHA at the fundraiser to provide prizes and fun educational activities for the kids and parents.

EmpiriStat, always looking for ways to give back to the community and to encourage healthy practices for young people, was proud to Sponsor Ben’s fundraising efforts.

Ben said he was excited to participate because, "I get to help people and I get prizes too." Ben, in fact, raised enough funds that he earned an event t-shirt, something he is very proud of.

Ben's mom Chelsea said she is of course proud of her son and "his big compassionate heart."

For more information on the Jump Rope for Heart events and to see if a school near you is participating, please check out

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