Dodgeball tourney serves as fundraiser

Friday, May 4, 2018
Players scramble to get the five balls placed on each court at the beginning of a round of play in a dodgeball tournament held at Fort Scott High School Wednesday. The tournament was a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
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Fort Scott High School held a dodgeball tournament Wednesday afternoon as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Senior Hannah Reel took charge of the tournament this year “because of what they’ve done for me.”

The American Heat Association not only uses funds raised for the research into prevention of heart disease but also to help those who suffer from heart conditions, such as Reel, who was born with a rare condition that causes problems with blood flow. She has undergone five open-heart surgeries and 20 total procedures to treat her condition.

“I’ve spent most of my life in and out of hospitals,” she said in a presentation to players and spectators before the tournament got underway. “I’m proud to say that I have a scar across my chest that proves I’m a survivor.”

Joe Falter, Youth Market Director for the AHA, also spoke. He said that since the 1960s, the effects of heart disease have been reduced by 70 percent, with an additional 30 percent in the last 10 years.