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!
In Kansas during the past five years (2010-2014) the American Heart Association funded over $2.6 million in new research - 21 studies at 3 Kansas institutions.
6 studies at Kansas State University, Manhattan - $793,000
2 studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence - $147,224
13 studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City - $1,667,820
In Missouri during the past five years (2010-2014) the American Heart Association funded over $15.86 million in new research - 136 studies at 9 Missouri institutions.
1 study at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City - $149,644
1 study at Missouri State University, Springfield - $214,500
1 study at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - $143,000
15 studies at St. Louis University - $1,460,652
2 studies at Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City - $104,000
27 studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia - $3,623,112
6 studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City - $702,224
22 studies at Washington University in St. Louis - $1,434,483
61 studies at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis - $8,033,165
Nationwide, we invest almost $145 million a year ($3.7 billion since 1949) in heart and stroke research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Healthcare providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though our journals, conferences and online courses.
The American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate funds projects that help us achieve our Impact Goal:To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020, and to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20%.
Midwest Affiliate Community Innovation Grants awarded July 2015
Affinia Healthcare (formerly Grace Hill Health Center, Inc.), St. Louis MO Reducing Cardiovascular Disease in the Underserved Communities of St. Louis City
Compassionate Care Network, Chicago IL Spotlight on Heart Health
EverThriveIllinois, Chicago IL Cooking Matters in Englewood
Family Wellness, LLC, Fargo ND School-Based Collaborative Healthy Cooking Lessons
Fridley High School, Fridley MN Fridley High School EMS Start Up Gospel Run, Chicago IL Gospel Run-Inspired Communities Project
Greater St. Mark Church of God in Christ, East St. Louis IL Greater St. Mark Church of God in Christ Community Garden
Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc., Indianapolis IN Heart Disease and Older Adults
Holy Family Memorial, Inc., Manitowoc WI Why Weight
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter, Inc., Indianapolis IN Change of Heart
North Shore Fire Department, Brown Deer WI Take 10 and Save a Life
Northend Ministerial Association, Grand Rapids MI Northend Wellness Coalition
Ozarks Resource Group DBA: Ozarks Community Health Center, Heritage MO Diabetes and Hypertension Coaching Parkview Foundation Inc. /Parkview Heart Institute, Fort Wayne IN Getting Your Heart Healthy Diet with Minimal Resources
Partners in Community Building, Inc., Chicago IL Pearly Peas
Presence Hospitals PRV DBA: Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana IL PCMC Community Awareness of Stroke
Project Healthy Schools/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI Project Healthy Schools & YMCA Partnership
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL Project for a Healthy Heart
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Inc., Kansas City MO Group Medical Appointments St. Luke Memorial Church of God in Christ, Kansas City MO Heart2Heart: Partnering To Build a Healthy Heart Windom Area Hospital, Windom MN Life’s Simple Seven Educational Series
YMCA of Rapid City, Rapid City SD Parkinson’s Wellness Class