The Jump Rope for Heart, a campaign for Christopher Gordon, took place this Saturday at Lander University. The program is used to raise awareness for children who have heart diseases.
Christopher Gordon went to Hodges Elementary school and lived for eight years and 359 days before his life was taken by hypo-plastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a heart disorder in which children are born without a left ventricle. Christopher endured three different heart surgeries before his fourth birthday and passed away on Dec. 7, 2009.
“Charlie, that’s what I call him, was a huge supporter of the American Heart Association,” Christopher's mother, Sharon Gordon, said. “We went to the heart walk in Charleston every year.”
Gordon opened up the program by thanking all of the parents and children that were present and telling them how her son’s life was affected by the programs like Jump Rope for Heart. “Christopher wouldn't have survived that 8 years and 359 days if it weren't for programs like the Jump Rope for Heart,” Gordon said.
After Gordon's heartwarming thank you, one of Christopher's good friends, Quinayah Smith, dedicated a song to him. Quinayah, a fifth grader at Hodges Elementary, sang a beautiful version of “It Takes Heart to be a Hero.” There were not many dry eyes when the song was finished.
“I was in the second grade, he was in the third.” said Quinayah. “Christopher was a team player, he was always giving to others.”
Also at the event was 8-year-old Jamerea Williams, supporting his father who passed away a little over a year ago from a heart attack. Along with other kids in the program, Jamerea is trying to raise money for the American Heart Association.
“I just want to help people who need it,” Jamerea said. “My heart is working right, but my daddy's didn't and neither did Christopher's.”