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Edmond girl on a mission to save hearts
EDMOND, Oklahoma (Fox 25)
Most eight-year-olds don't have their own business cards, but the little girl you're about to meet isn't your typical second grader. Ella Turner has been on a mission to save hearts for the past three years. Fox 25's Kisha shows us-- some call her a hero, but she just calls herself.. a big sister.
Ella turner doesn't just jump rope for fun, she jumps for Colby. "My sister Colby, she had a sick heart. She died at the age of two. I was five," says Ella. Family members say the two were inseparable.
"You'd be driving down the road and just hear the giggling and cackling in the backseat; the two of them just having a ball sitting there together," says Neil Turner, Ella's dad.
"She had bright red curly hair.... She was really cute," remembers Ella. "She loved flowers and she loved the zoo," she adds.
When Ella lost Colby to heart complications, she made it her mission to save hearts. "I don't want that to happen to other people," she says.
In school, Ella learned about Jump Rope for Heart, a program for children to raise money for the American Heart Association. "She told me, 'Dad, I want to raise over a thousand dollars,'" recalls Neil.
"My dad was like, 'That's a lot of money. I don't think you understand how much money that is.' And, I was like, no, you don't understand. It's to help kids like Colby," says Ella.
"I knew then how important it was to her," says Neil. Within 24-hours, Ella reached her goal, blowing her dad out of the water. At five-years-old she raised more than $5,000. The next year-- more than $11,000, and this year, of course she's aiming even higher.
"This year, my goal is to have 1,000 donors. so far, I've got 90-something," says Ella, proudly.
"She's met kids that have sick hearts and that wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the work of the American Heart Association," says Neil, explaining how Ella can see the fruit of her hard work.
"I met a little boy named M.J.," says Ella. "His heart was the size of a strawberry when he was born and it was on the outside of his body, so he had a bunch of surgery done and now he's like a normal eight-year-old," she says.
Ella knows what it's like to lose a loved one and she's determined to save others the pain. She's doing it one jump, and one dollar at a time, business card in hand. "It says, I raise money to help kids with sick hearts in memory of my little sister Colby," Ella reads her business card she designed herself.
If you would like to help Ella help others, visit her website: www.EllaJumps.com or like her on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/EllaJumps
Posted: Saturday, January 26 2013, 10:51 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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