The students from Fowler Elementary are jumping for heart health by participating in the Heart Foundation's Jump Rope for Heart program and the fight against heart disease.


The students from Fowler Elementary are jumping for heart health by participating in the Heart Foundation's Jump Rope for Heart program and the fight against heart disease.


Once again this year Fowler Elementary's Heart Hero is Graden Pruett. During the past two years Graden has had a few illnesses from common cold to a UTI and ear infections. In 2015 he had tubes put in each ear. In 2016 he had his tonsils taken out and was diagnosed with toddler diarrhea. In January of this year he had his two year hearth cath and everything was great. All lab work and test for rejection came back negative.


“We have learned also in the years that even though he received a donor’s heart he can/could develop heart disease, this can be caused by his donor’s anatomy or by lifestyle,” said Graden’s mom, Nicole. “Graden is like any other toddler, full of energy, always on the go and hard-headed,” she added.


His interests include playing outside, minions, Zootopia, hot wheels, helping his dad on the farm and most of all he loves to run. This coming year he will be of age to start preschool. Most of all he lives a healthy lifestyle and they have slowly introduced him to his heart condition and why he needs to eat healthy, as well as teaching him about his scar.


Students from Fowler Elementary will be out and about raising money for Jump Rope for Heart for the next couple of weeks.