In October of 2003, Jessica Clinton, a seventeen year old cheerleader, lost her life to an often undiagnosed condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse, but today she lives on through the charitable work of the foundation established in her remembrance.
In 2004 the Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation began an effort to educate the public about MVP, to provide CPR training and to provide Automated External Defibrillators to schools, parks and recreation areas. In May of that year, a benefit was held and approximately $10,000 was raised for the purchase of the Automated External Defibrillators which cost $1,550. Each.
The Foundation’s fundraising efforts continue year after year and to date, over 65 AEDs have been given to local area schools, parks and recreation areas. Every year the Foundation works with local organizations and the Fire Department to offer free classes in CPR and AED use.
Every October Jessie’s Team also participates in the American Heart Association Heart Walk to commemorate her passing and raise much-needed funds for heart research and education.
In Recent Years
In May of 2007, the Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation hosted a “Pajama Party” drive. The party took place at the The Monkey King in Stuart and included a guest appearance by Virginia of radio’s 95.5 Morning Show.
In May of 2008 the Foundation hosted a Circus Day of Love at the Jessica Clinton Community Park in Southbend – as always, the proceeds went to purchase a few more AEDs.
In May of 2010 the Foundation was notified that two lives had been saved that month by an Automated External Defibrillator that was donated by the foundation, to the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center.
In June of 2010 the Foundation, with the assistance of the St. Lucie and Martin County Fire Dept., hosted a free CPR/AED training sessions. The event was held at the Port St Lucie Civic Center and was open to the public.