Local Students Jump 4 George

A healthy heart can often be taken for granted. Nobody knows this better than Naperville’s Mayor, George Pradel. Earlier this year he suffered from his own heart health scare.

This past week, May Watts Elementary School named Pradel the “Heart Ambassador” for the school’s Jump 4 George event. At the event the students jump roped as a fundraiser.

“He commented to us that he wanted to be involved because he could help kids now learn how to take care of their hearts,” said May Watts parent Karen Altecruse, “so they don’t have the same problems he did.”

Jump 4 George also raised money for the American Heart Association and Mayor Pradel was happy to lend his name to the event.

“I’m thrilled that they did that because I support the American Heart Association,” He said.

The students jumped for two hours and had a chance to interact with the Mayor. Ben Malloy, a 3rd grader at May Watts, said, “It was awesome, because you don’t usually get to see the mayor every day.”

“I kind of feel sad for him having the heart problem,” said 2nd grader Patrick Schraub, “but I think it’s cool that he’s recovered and he’s alright now.”

Mayor Pradel has always been known as “Officer Friendly,” and was happy to help out children in a new way.

“I love all these children here,” said Pradel, “so it makes a new feeling of bonding and the knowledge they’re gaining is beyond compare.”

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