Posted: March 31, 2017
Evan Wood, a fifth grader at Lacamas Heights Elementary, has helped the American Heart Association save more than 60 lives.
According to the AHA, every $50 raised through the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart programs saves one life. When he heard that, Evan knew he had to get out and raise money.
He started going door to door in his neighborhood as a first grader, raising around $150. Each year after that he set a goal to double is fundraising, which he did over the next thee years, raising more and more funds and branching further out from home with door to door fundraising. For the past two years, he raised more than $1,000 for AHA. Each year he and his mom make a fundraising video that can be used online.
This year, as a fifth grader, Evan made the video on his own. And while Mom, Dad and even big brother would trail him on foot or in the car during door-to-door fundraising just to make sure he was safe, the were told to keep their distance. In all, Evan raised more than $600 this year from knocking on doors and collecting anywhere from $2 to $20 dollars at a time. The average donation was $5.
He was the top fundraiser at Lacamas this year, and for the third year in a row, was honored to join other top AHA fundraisers at the Trailblazer’s game Thursday night against the Houston Rockets. The kids got to jump rope on the court before the game to loud music and encouraging announcements.
Said Evan’s mom, Karen Wood, “It’s always a fun reward for all the hard work, but for Evan what is most important is the lives he’s helping save.”