Ella Turner, 8, loved being a big sister to Colby, even when she was sick.
Colby suffered from geleophysic dysplasia, a strange sounding name even for adults. Neil Turner, Ella’s dad, told her that Colby’s heart was very sick. She died at age 2.
One day after school, when Ella was a kindergartner, school let out and she came home with a huge smile beneath her head of red hair and ran toward her dad.
“Daddy, we are going to raise money for people with bad hearts and I want to raise $1,000 at least. Probably more!” she exclaimed. “They are going to send home information on Thursday and we watched a video and it helps people with bad hearts.”
In her first American Heart Association campaign as a kindergartner, Ella set a goal of $1,000. She raised more than $5,500. Last year, she raised more than $11,000.
Ella’s proud father said out of the millions of kids who participate in Jump Rope for Heart, she ranked No. 2 in the entire nation. In addition to the money raised, she also became a “heart ambassador” and has been involved with several additional activities including numerous speaking engagements, appearing in a promotional video, appearing in the annual report and helping kickoff other American Heart Association events.
This year, the Centennial Elementary student has set her biggest goal. She is seeking support from 1,000 donors, four times her goal from the previous year. The fundraising dynamo has even made her own business card. On one side it says: “Ella Turner 2nd Grader Saves Hearts.”
On the other side, Ella explains the need beside an image of herself holding a photograph of little Colby. She read the words, “I raise money to help kids with sick hearts in memory of my little sister, Colby. Please see more of my story and help me help other kids.” The card also advertises www.EllaJumps.com, which has more information about Ella’s fundraising effort.
Part of her challenge is her family moved to Edmond about a month ago.
“We’ve only lived in Edmond for about four weeks, so she doesn’t have an established network of local support here,” Neil Turner said. “But the short time we have been here, everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. We can already tell this is going to be a great community to call home.”
Ella said she likes to think of Colby, how happy her little sister was.
“Like my mom said I made her laugh the most and the hardest,” Ella said. “She was really cute.”
So far, Ella has about 90 donors and more than $4,500 in online support. Ella said sometimes people donate in the memory of a loved one who had heart disease. Helping others gives her a sense of satisfaction.
“It makes me feel like I’m doing good and I’m going to help a lot of kids,” she said.
For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org. At www.EllaJumps.com, you can read about Ella’s past campaigns, more about her current one and find links to her donation and Facebook pages.
If you are in Edmond, be on the lookout for a smiling 8-year-old redhead handing out her business card and on a mission to save hearts.
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Ella Turner, 8, loved being a big sister to Colby, even when she was sick.
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Cold impacts Edmond businesses, city services
Roger Seaton is operating manager of Edmond Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing, 3104 South Kelly Ave., owned by the Seaton family since 1970.
On Tuesday, for the first time in days, the temperature in the Edmond area rose above 32 degrees. At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature was 41 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, surpassing the predicted high of 34, according to the National Weather Service.
Seaton’s business offers plumbing services including water line work and repairs to faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to plumbing calls, pipes that burst are a priority, Seaton said. It takes a while for pipes to freeze, he said, and residents began calling by Friday. Calls during the cold spell were both about frozen pipes and pipes that had burst.
If you have no water coming out of a faucet, shut off the water upstream and open cabinet doors to get warmer air circulating around pipes, Seaton said.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Kelly widening project progressing
Work progresses smoothly for the Kelly widening project, City Manager Larry Stevens said before the City Council this week. Road work began in July about 1,000 feet north of Covell and continues north to a point 350 feet south of Coffee Creek.
Duit Construction/TTK Construction is in charge of constructing a four-lane divided roadway with left turn lanes at all public streets along the project on Kelly going from Covell to Coffee Creek.
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Council denies mosque expansion
Inadequate parking for a growing mosque led the City Council to deny a site plan request for an addition to be added to the existing structure. The vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner abstaining.
Prayer is given in the existing 680-square-foot building at 525 N. University Drive. The 8,307-square-foot addition is needed for fellowship and recreation, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing the Islamic Society of Edmond.
“I did attend a dinner for the mosque about three weeks ago. There were 100 people who attended that to welcome home the people who go on the pilgrimage to Mecca,” Shadid said. “That’s one of their larger functions.”
City alerts public to repeat utility scam
City administrators and public safety officials are jointly warning residents of a scam that has surfaced once again in our area.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said a few months ago OG&E warned customers of a phone scam in which a customer is called by a person falsely representing themselves as an OG&E employee.
Monroe said the caller says if the customer doesn’t make a payment on their delinquent account in the next 45 minutes to an hour their utility services will be suspended. Monroe said the caller requests credit card information or that they purchase a money card and provide that account information.
Memorial Booster Club postpones Taste of Memorial
Because school has been canceled for today, the Taste of Memorial has been rescheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. Taste of Memorial has food from more than 30 local restaurants such as Alvarado’s, Flatire Burgers, Fish City, Boulevard Steakhouse, Garbanzo, Chicken Express, The Meat House, Panera and Earl’s to name just a few. A silent auction will be held with more than 140 auction items from local and regional merchants. The tickets are $10 from a Memorial athlete or $15 at the door. The money raised goes to Edmond Memorial Booster Club to help support Edmond Memorial athletics.
Multicounty grand jury reconvenes
Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury reconvenes Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Grand jurors will meet Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, 313 N.E. 21st St. Hearings are not open to the public.
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