Friends, family and people across the community have rallied behind Orange Public School student Cian Gollner to help him become the highest individual fundraiser Australia-wide for the Jump Rope for Heart.
The year 2 student is being treated for a rare type of cancer and had open heart surgery a year-and-a-half-ago, which inspired him to raise $6065 for the initiative.
All money will to go to Heart Foundation research and health projects.
Orange Public School Jump Rope for Heart coordinator Ashleigh Allwood said she was delighted with seven-year-old Cian’s result and the effort from all pupils at the 161 student school.
“It’s incredible and were are now ranked the number three highest school for fundraising in Australia,” Miss Allwood said.
“It’s the best we’ve had at the school.”
Miss Allwood said students raised money for 10 weeks throughout second term, and three other students also raised more than $1000 each.
Orange Public School raised $24,359, with Our Lady of Fatima Primary School based at Caringbah, NSW, being the second-highest fundraiser with $28,377, and Sans Souci Primary School, NSW, raising the most money, a whopping $41,452.
Along with raising money, students including Cian, took part in a jump-off for the Jump Rope for Heart on Friday when they performed skipping routines they have been practising for several weeks.
Cian’s fundraising effort began after his mother Lisa Gollner sent out a Facebook request to her friends and family.
Ms Gollner and Cian’s father Dominic Walsh said Cian is highly competitive and dedicated to everything he sets his heart to.
Cian’s health problems began in October 2016 when he was airlifted to Sydney after Ms Gollner took him to Orange hospital when he appeared unwell.
It was revealled he had a blockage in his heart and a cancerous tumour was discovered and removed during open-heart surgery at Westmead hospital.
Ms Gollner said Cian still takes chemotherapy tablets everyday to make sure the tumour doesn’t regrow.
The cancer was identified as cardio myxofibrosarcoma, a cancer which usually affects elderly people in their extremities.
Cian is the youngest person recorded in the world with it and the first to have it in his heart.