Search:



Why Cody is #skipping4sam

Posted: 4pm 04 Aug 2020

When Cody Byrne, from Warner, heard his school was joining the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program he leapt at the chance to sign up.

That’s because the 10-year-old from Warner lost his baby brother Sam to a heart condition which he had since birth.

“Heart disease hurts people at all ages,” Cody wrote on his Jump Rope registration. “Skipping makes your heart strong and I feel by skipping I will make my little brother proud.”

Sam was the fifth child for Matthew and Paula Byrne, of Warner. Doctors found he had atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) in a scan when Paula was around 20 weeks’ pregnant.

In AVSD, there are holes between the chambers of the right and left sides of the heart and valves that control the flow of blood between the chambers may not be formed correctly.

Sam had an operation at six months, but there were complications. He passed away after four months in intensive care.

In Sam’s memory

Sam’s parents and siblings now take every opportunity to keep his memory alive, so Cody was keen to register for Jump Rope at Prince of Peace Lutheran College in Everton Park. He uses the hash tag: #skipping4sam.

Inspired by Cody, his younger brother Jesse, also joined the program. After only a few weeks, the boys have raised more than $700 for the Heart Foundation.

“Sam was such a shining little light,” says Paula, “his loss has left a big hole in our family and these kids have had to learn tough life lessons at a very young age.

“They just keep loving him and proudly telling the world about their baby brother. They are very special kids who genuinely want to help others, because they know what can happen.”

Prince of Peace Lutheran College’s Head of Junior Campus Katrina Valencia says: “Sam’s siblings have always been committed to serving his memory well.

“Several families within our college community have beautiful heart kids in them.

“We have been touched by their stories, and feel honoured to be able to support them, encourage awareness and fundraise for this important cause.”

Millions raised

Heart Foundation CEO Queensland, Stephen Vines says more than 300,000 Aussie school kids participate in Jump Rope for Heart.

This year has posed challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic but online videos about skipping and heart health, as well as instructional videos have been developed.

Since the program’s inception in 1983, more than 10 million Australian kids and more than 90 per cent of Aussie schools have taken part in Jump Rope for Heart.

In that time, schools have raised awareness and more than $104 million to help the Heart Foundation fight heart disease – Australia’s single leading cause of death.

Those wishing to register their school for Jump Rope for Heart can sign up here. https://www.jumprope.org.au/admin/coordinators/sign_up

Share

Trending

Warriors need to bring A-game to Storm ANZAC clash

The Warriors’ ANZAC Day clash with Melbourne Storm will be an occasion packed with emotion and atmosphere and they will need to be at their best to beat their more favoured opponents on Monday.…

Talent shines through in art awards

Scarborough’s Jasper Rogers loves everything about the ocean, so it’s fitting that his entry in this year’s Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards earned him the top gong in the 3D category for students in Prep-Year 3.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   20-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Workshop to empower women

BPW North Lakes is hosting a Women’s Empowerment Workshop next month with five expert speakers covering five empowering topics. Find out more…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

World's top teams check out region's new $22 million centre

Moreton Bay Region may be home for some of the world’s top football teams during next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Dolphins link with Hunters from 2023

The SP PNG Hunters have announced a strategic pathways partnership with the Dolphins NRL franchise that will give four Papua New Guinean players the chance to take part in a full NRL pre-season…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

QCWA ladies ready to celebrate centenary in style

Preparations are underway for a formal ball to be held in Moreton Bay to celebrate the centenary of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA). Find out how you can book your tickets here …

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Jodie Powell

Suttons Beach survey results released

More than 2000 people completed a survey about the future of Suttons Beach Park and its pavilions. Here’s what they had to say…

Local News   •   19-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

New $500m development planned for Morayfield

Plans have been unveiled for 2500 new homes in a major residential development in Morayfield.…

Close