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Jump rope event gets students heart-healthy at MB Elementary

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Students at Myrtle Beach Elementary School hope to raise more than $10,000 and honor one of their own during the school's annual Jump Rope For Heart celebration.

The Friday event will be highlighted with a field day of activities for students to participate in that encourages heart-healthy habits, while raising awareness and funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

"Every school has to do its part to promote a healthy lifestyle for children and families while also actively participating in community events," Dr. Janice Christy, principal of Myrtle Beach Elementary, encouraged. "Through events like Jump Rope for Heart, children learn about good nutrition, the important of exercise, and helping other people – that is a winning combination!"

Jump Rope For Heart will host a number of guest speakers, including Derek Perez-Melendez, who is a second grader at Myrtle Beach Elementary. Perez-Melendez has survived a congenital heart defect after undergoing two heart surgeries.

Statistics reveal congenital heart disease is the second leading cause of death in children, but has not stopped Perez-Melendez from living his life like a normal child. The second grader now has regular follow-up appointments with MUSC Children's Hospital to monitor his progress.

The Jump Rope For Heart program, now in its 25th year, has raised more than $305 million for medical research and programs that help children learn how to prevent heart disease and stroke.

To donate to Myrtle Beach Elementary's efforts, click here.

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