Heart Club Hosts Online Pediatric Heart Disease Fundraiser – The Hawk Eye

The heart club raises funds for an organization called Children’s Heart Link. The funds will go to children who do not have access to adequate treatment for heart disease.

“Our fundraiser that we have now is for heart disease,” President Bhavya Jaiswal said. “In February we had a cardiology meeting and we wanted to focus on helping people with blood and heart related diseases. For the data, we contacted an organization called Heartlink, [which] helps children and mothers around the world with heart disease. We are currently fundraising for this.

Students can make a donation through the QR codes posted on flyers around the school, or they can go directly to the club’s sponsor, AP biology teacher Kelly O’Brien, to transfer the money. The Heart Club’s current goal is $200 and they plan to extend the fundraiser for approximately three more weeks.

“Each month, we focus on a [medical] topic,” Vice President Arjun Jaana said. “[In February,] we had a cardiologist come in via Zoom and talk to us. We also have activities for students; for example, [we were able to] borrow CPR mannequins and have students practice CPR. Through this, [members] were able to acquire essential skills and experience. Fundraising is an extension of that as it helps children get the treatment they deserve while raising awareness.

Sophomore Sofia Salas said she has gained a better understanding of what the medical field is and enjoys the experience of helping people.

“It’s a fun club, and every month they go to a different area,” Salas said. “I was able to donate and have a positive impact on those in need. [Joining the club] was a good way to gain more knowledge and help the community.

Jaiswal said he plans to expand the Heart Club and include more opportunities for summer research, hospital rotations and fundraisers such as a future blood drive.

“Although I like the technical aspect of things like science and chemistry, [biology] also has this reward aspect because you help people,” Jaana said. “Every job helps people, but in [the healthcare field], you have the joy of seeing someone do what they couldn’t do before. It makes me really happy to see that, and it’s something I’m passionate about.