Seven years ago a Danville businessman died of a heart defect, leaving his 2-year-old grandson wondering why. Less than a decade after Gary Acree's death, third-grader Justin Acree has made it his mission to help other heart patients like his late grandpa. Through an annual school fund-raising campaign, Acree raised and donated, in his grandpa's and great-grandmother's memory, more than $400 in donations.
"It's kind of sad when people die of heart disease, and I don't want other people to feel that," said Acree, "So I raise money for them to buy equipment and a lot of other stuff."
Justin's father, Ken Acree, said his son helps collect for other fundraiser, but puts forth a huge effort for the school- sponsored American Heart Association fund raiser. "He's a good kid, but the AHA is the one he really goes for," said Ken Acree.
Family and friends have come to expect Justin's knock and sponsor sheet. Some have even asked him when the fundraiser will begin.