OMAHA (KPTM) - Ten thousand dollars. That's how much money 150 Iowa students raised for heart disease research.
A charity jump roping event raised the cash, which will go to the American Heart Association.
Teachers at Underwood Elementary School say it was the effort of one 9-year-old student that helped them reach above and beyond their goal.
"Other students that have raised 300, 700- I mean the amounts are just unbelievable," says Joyce Tiarks, a PE teacher at the school. "A lot of it is, because I think they've been inspired by Isaac and his story."
Ms Tiarks is talking about 9-year-old Isaac Heilman. His father died this past May from heart problems.
Isaac sprang into action, raising $1,000 for the event. "It feels good because I just want to find cures for what happened to my Dad," he says.
The American Heart Association sponsors "Jump Rope for Heart" in schools across the country. The even double dutches as a way for kids to have fun and raise money.
Students and teachers wore a red bracelet in honor of Isaac's father.
Isaac says he isn't finished with his fundraising efforts. Next year, he plans to raise $1,500.