Fundraiser will boost regional heart institute at Brock
Published on June 02 2011
The Brock University Heart Institute is inviting all Niagarans to take part in its third-annual Walk of Life on Saturday, May 14, at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site in St. Catharines from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Committed to cardiac rehabilitation and prevention in the Niagara region, the Brock Heart Institute is a non-profit organization supported directly by proceeds from the Walk of Life. Funds raised will help to purchase equipment, provide for patient education and allow for other essential materials and services at the Institute.
“There are more than 4,900 cardiac events every year in Niagara that require hospitalization,” says Dr. Deborah O’Leary, director of the Heart Institute. “Our Institute provides a vital service for our region since heart disease accounts for more deaths of Niagara residents than any other disease.”
Statistics show that ischemic heart disease accounts for an average of three deaths a day in Niagara. And studies indicate that participation in cardiac rehabilitation programs can help reduce the risk of death from heart disease by 21 to 34 per cent.
The goal of the Brock University Heart Institute is to promote and improve cardiovascular health in individuals who live in the region and have either been diagnosed with, or who are at high risk for, heart disease.
“By taking part in the Walk of Life you can help to bring us 2km, 4km or 6km closer to servicing the heart health of our community,” adds O’Leary.