Why We Fundraise

By fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, you’re collecting donations that fund critical research that’s saving lives, preventing heart disease and stroke, and supporting survivors and their families.

Here are just some of the ways the dollars you raise help:

  • $31 million supported approximately 1,000 top medical researchers across Canada.
  • 8,000 life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were placed in communities across Canada.
  • eTools (such as the Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment) were developed to empower all Canadians to lead healthier lives.
  • We partnered to create Stop Marketing to Kids — a campaign protecting kids from unhealthy food and beverage advertising.
Kids helping kids

It’s heartwarming to know that when kids raise funds for Jump Rope for Heart, they’re supporting research to help other kids. Here are just a few of them:



By Grade 2 Zoe had already undergone three open-heart surgeries. Every day she wears a device that monitors her heart even while she’s at school. If she appears tired, her teacher uses the device to transmit the electrical activity of Zoe’s heart to her big sister, who’s a nurse. She can tell Zoe’s teacher what needs to be done to help.

Despite all this, Zoe is a “joyful ball of energy.” She recently participated in Jump Rope for Heart and her enthusiasm helped her raise more than $1,000 to help others with conditions like hers.



Karter underwent two open heart surgeries and had two pacemaker implants to help his heart function all before his first birthday. Karter still experiences issues with his heart and undergoes regular health check-ups. With the help of his cardiologist, he can now join his friends at school and be part of fun activities like swimming and gymnastics.

Karter’s mom says he’s a “lil rockstar” who “takes life by the horns.” He’s excited about joining Jump Rope for Heart with his classmates, so he can help others do the same.



By the time he was 2 years old, Owen Veloso already had 4 heart surgeries so that his heart could pump blood and oxygen throughout his body. But they weren't enough to completely save his life.

Owen would need another serious procedure to do that. Thanks to research, doctors were able to perform Owen's final surgery when he turned 6 - and he got to play in the snow for the very first time!



"Sometimes I feel that my dad died so that they could start testing me," says Natasha Matthews. Since doctors found that Natasha has the same heart condition that her father had, they're doing everything they can to keep her safe.

While Natasha can't be as active as she wants to be, she does have fun participating in Jump Rope for Heart. That's important because the funds raised could help researchers fix Natasha's condition and other heart problems too.



Dawson Nemeth loves to have fun skipping rope. To watch her in action, you'd never know she was born with a heart defect, and had open heart surgery when she was just 4 months old. Today, her doctors don't need to monitor her condition as much as they used to.

That means Dawson can be just as active as her friends, and participate in Jump Rope for Heart to raise funds for research that helps kids just like her.



William Kunz was born with a hole in his heart. When he was just 3 years old, he had open heart surgery to fix it. And less than a week later, doctors said he was well enough to go home.

Thanks to research, more families can bring home children that grow into active, healthy kids. William's mom was so grateful that she began working for the Heart & Stroke Foundation to help even more of them.



Océane Deschênes was born with a congenital heart defect. She had her first surgery when she was only 3 days old. Two more operations followed before her 6th birthday. Oceane knows her heart makes her different.

But she is bright and cheerful and loves life! Knowing she is lucky to be alive makes her a very proud Jump participant.