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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
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LANGLEY, Okla. (AP) -- Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority are urging boaters to wear their life jackets and engage in other safe boating practices.
The agency is marking National Safe Boating Week by issuing safety reminders and noting that fatal consequences can result from careless practices on the water.
Statistics show that 70 percent of people who died in boating accidents in 2011 drowned. Among those victims, 84 percent were not wearing life jackets.
Officials say they could reduce the number of fatalities if boaters simply wear their floatation devices.
Last week, two University of Arkansas students died in a boating accident on Grand Lake.
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