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Who We Are
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are main causes of death. Survivors, volunteers, advocates, healthcare providers,donors - all are building healthier lives.
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Kansas City Board of Directors
What We Do
We're building healthier lives where you live and work - in the community, health care, education and research.
How You Can Help
Touch hearts - save lives. Here’s the chance to make a real difference!
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Regional Office
6800 W. 93rd Street
Overland Park, KS  66212
phone: (913) 652-1913
fax: (913) 648-0423
 

Events In Your Area

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Lee Matzeder, 53, has been instructing Jump Rope for Heart for 19 years. He’s an active PE teacher at Lansing Elementary, Kan., coach and referee, but on November 2, 2015 at the Royals World Series parade, he felt short of breath. 800,000 people came to downtown Kansas City to witness the parade. Congested and closed roads made getting around nearly impossible, but after some coaxing from Lee’s wife, he agreed to visit a local hospital. It was there, that Lee was told he’d be going in for emergency triple bypass surgery. Both of Lee’s parents died of heart disease, but as a non-smoker, he never imagined it would happen to him. Mr. Matzeder is back to teaching and now pays special attention to his sodium intake. Doctors told Lee that it was because of his good health that he survived.
 
Additionally, Chase Maltbie, one of Lee’s 1st grade students, lost his dad just a month earlier, in October of 2015. Chase’s dad was only 39 years old when he had a heart attack while stationed in Korea on active duty in the Army. Chase participated in Jump Rope For Heart and raised $1,100 in online donations in just one day! Chase’s brothers (kindergarten and 5th grade) give him all the credit for raising a total of $1,785 for Jump Rope For Heart. Chase, Ashton, and Spencer’s mom is a cardiac ICU nurse!

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