Heart Month

What you don't know about her heart is...

It's still beating because of you

Jenna Donovan didn’t know what hit her when she was told she had heart disease. A fighter in and out of the ring, the first few attempts to control her condition failed. Left with no other option, doctors told her she needed open heart surgery to survive.

Like Jenna, nearly all of us will be touched by heart disease, either directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives. From pre-natal to the golden years, heart disease looms – and when it strikes, it can be deadly.

The good news is, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (the Maz) provides advanced cardiac care to Canadians of all ages and stages of life.

One of the leading heart institutes in North America, the Maz is also one of the busiest – cardiologists and healthcare teams see over 71,000 outpatient visits a year. Cardiac surgeons perform more than 1,700 surgeries, all supported by one of the most advanced cardiovascular intensive care units in the country.

Ongoing generosity is needed to keep the Maz at the top of its game. That’s why we dedicate February to raising funds for cardiac care. Events during Heart Month include Heart Pledge Day presented by Durabuilt Windows & Doors, the Maz Move-A-Thon, and our Virtual Cardiac Expedition.

Heart Pledge Day on Up! 99.3​

Since 2010, the University Hospital Foundation has partnered with a local radio station to raise critical funds that support the most advanced equipment, technology, and work environments in the world, right here at home. Over the course of 12 hours, listeners learn about the important, cutting-edge work done at the Maz and hear life-changing stories of patients from Alberta and across Canada.

More Heart Month events


Help us share the incredible work of the University Hospital Foundation and the Maz by highlighting your support via your organization’s social media channels and internal communications. Contact us for our media toolkit.


A unique opportunity to build your brand and showcase your values. UHF is pleased to engage your team through unique experiences and activations.


For your generosity, receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition as a donor to the Maz.

Patient stories

The lives this work has changed

When Mandy Rouselle woke up one morning feeling sick, her biggest concern was whether she should go to work or not. 1500 days later, she arrived at the office. What took so long? Read Mandy’s incredible story of survival, and the role of innovation that gave her a second, third and fourth chance at life.