For the past few weeks students at Normal Community and Normal Community West have been raising money for the American Heart Association.
Each is selling "Red Out" T-shirts in hopes of raising $4,000 to fight the disease.
It's the number one killer of Americans-- leading to heart attack and stroke.
But teenage heart survivor Taylor Wallarab says each donation means more people like her will stay protected.
"I had a heart defect and I survived that and I think it's really eye opening that people would donate to me and other kids that have had the same issues I had," said Wallarab.
This is the second year both schools have pumped up the cause.
Their efforts will be celebrated Tuesday night when their varsity basketball teams go head to head.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their "Red Out" T-shirts to the game.