Edmonton, AB – March 1, 2023
Donors to the University Hospital Foundation (UHF) came out in force to give more than $560,000 and counting to this year’s Heart Month. The month-long campaign, presented by Freson Bros., focused on raising awareness and funds for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Maz) and the fight against Heart Disease.
“Community support is what it will take to defeat heart disease. Our donors and sponsors took great strides in furthering that fight with their generous donations,” said Roseanne Carey, CFO of the University Hospital Foundation. “On behalf of the many patients that will receive critical, life-saving new treatments and the healthcare heroes who will be able to continue providing the best in heart care available – thank you.”
From the beginning to the end of February, Albertans were invited to participate in a variety of heart-themed events and activities across the province and virtually from the comfort of their own homes. This included an online seminar that took the public behind-the-scenes to the Servier Virtual Cardiac Centre (SVCC), the only imaging centre in Canada able to provide 3D images of the heart; the Maz Move-A-Thon, a Maz-staff organized move-a-thon; and finally, the all-day radio event, Heart Pledge Day on up! 99.3.
Presented by long-time supporter Durabuilt Windows & Doors, this all-day radio event brought listeners together from across western Canada to listen to the true stories of patients, physicians, researchers and healthcare team members of the Maz to raise awareness of the world-class work being done right here in our own backyard.
“Listening to the stories of other cardiac patients who have received life-saving care because of the Maz and the University Hospital Foundation just really drove it home that heart disease can strike anyone at any time. We have to continue supporting places like the Maz, not only for ourselves, but our loved ones and the people in our community that depend on it.” said Jenna Donovan, a previous cardiac patient and one of the many interview guests featured on Heart Pledge Day.
To learn more about the University Hospital Foundation’s Heart Month or to donate, visit GivetoUHF.ca.
University Hospital Foundation
The University Hospital Foundation raises and manages funds to advance patient care, research and healthcare education at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. For more information visit GivetoUHF.ca
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