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28th in the world β€” Karl’s rare diagnosis exemplifies the need for heart health awareness

β€œIt was kind of like a shock, like a punch in the face,” says recent University of Alberta grad, Karl Sacca, about the rare and life-altering diagnosis he received at just 16 years old.

Now a 24-year-old, Karl navigates the normal challenges of work while managing a rare medical condition that intertwines his heart and skin. His journey to diagnosis was anything but typical, as he recalls, “I never expected to have a heart condition. I never even had problems before or issues with my heart.”

Every February for Heart Month, the University Hospital Foundation raises funds to ensure people like Karl can access cutting-edge technology and care right here at the Maz.

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We are passionate promoters of the power of generosity – your generosity – to change and save lives in our community. We inspire people to help advance our hospitals as world leaders in specialized and complex care. 

Thanks to your donations, the University Hospital Foundation has raised $217 million in the past 10 years and that tally is growing every day. Your contributions are literally bringing innovation to life – supporting emerging ideas and technologies that are advancing excellence in patient care, education and research on a daily basis.

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1,058,341 patient visits in 2021/22 at the University of Alberta Hospital site

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87,939 patients from outside of the Edmonton zone

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11,828 patients from outside Alberta

Igniting the future of health care

The future of health rests on passionate people like you – donors, partners and supporters – who know that their generosity is what allows the University Hospital Foundation to redefine health care in Edmonton, throughout Alberta and around the world so everyone can live a longer, healthier life.

Your support powers a movement that inspires and connects world-class hospitals and healthcare teams to dream big: curing diseases, revolutionizing treatment, sparking clinical innovation, and even preventing illness before it can begin.

It isn’t science fiction – it’s how the University Hospital Foundation is transforming health.

Join us as we drive towards our ambitious vision laid out in our strategic plan, Ignite 2030; taking a bold approach to the future of health as the catalyst that sparks innovation and makes the impossible, possible.

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