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Prevention of Heart Disease Fund Raiser

Prevention of Heart Disease Fund Raiser

Dear Family, Friends, and Colleagues – It is that time of year again. Next month I will turn 41 years old! Once again, to celebrate my birthday I plan to run, walk, and if necessary crawl, 41 miles on 29 September. A number of my postgraduate students have bravely committed to join me on this journey. Our cause – prevention of heart disease in New Zealand! My employment here in New Zealand involves work with a cardiac rehabilitation clinic at The University of Auckland. Heart disease is the number one cause of mortality in New Zealand, accounting for 40% of all deaths annually. Our cardiac clinic successfully serves many patients each year; however, there are also many individuals from the surrounding community in great need of our cardiac rehabilitation and prevention programmes who simply cannot financially afford the programme costs. This is unfortunate because individuals who complete cardiac rehabilitation have a 30% reduced risk of mortality and on average live 5 years longer than those who do not participate in cardiac rehabilitation. Last year we were able to raise $3000 from this run. Those funds have been used to sponsor 14 individuals who are currently participating in our PRRIDE (Prevention through Risk Reduction with Individually Designed Exercise) programme. We already have 1 amazing success story in the making – a gentleman whose blood pressure has already come down 80 points! I can honestly say this man would probably not be alive in a year if we hadn’t got him into our programme. You can make a sponsorship per mile (for example, $0.25 per mile equates to a $10.25 donation) or you can commit a flat donation.Our goal is to make the PRRIDE programme bigger and better next year, and I would be most appreciative if you can financially support us in this venture! Cheers,Lance and his cardiac crew

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