Thank you to all our Heroes of the Heart. We have several
teams who are turning their footsteps into well-earned dollars for heart
year old, Daniel Stucken was diagnosed with a heart condition known as
Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). The consequences of
this diagnosis not only meant that Dan was unable to continue participating in
the many sports and activities that he loved but also affected him on a
professional level. As a pilot the diagnosis meant that Dan would lose his medical exam and therefore
his ability to pursue his passion for flying. In the following three months, Dan under went
multitudes of tests to try and determine the severity of his condition.
Unfortunately due to the extreme nature of Dan’s case he went into cardiac
arrest on the 8th February this year and was unable to be resuscitated.
In honour of Dan, over 30 of his
closest friends and colleagues participated in the Blackmores Sydney Running
Festival as The Pacemakers Team raising vital funds for HRI. Members of the
team completed either the Marathon, Half Marathon or 9km Bridge Run, with one
member completing the whole 9km run dressed in a chicken suit! The team raised
over $12 000 in the hope of promoting awareness and raising funds for much
needed research of this rare but all too often fatal disorder. The team plans to continue this tradition in
the years to come.
Thank you to our Hero of the Heart Team 'Pestana Realty' for
supporting us in the Gold Coast Marathon.
Pestana Realty also came in the Top Ten Fundraising Teams
this year for Everyday Hero.
The Petsana Realty Team:
Johann R. Castro, Larinda Timu, Michelle Udy, Andrea Tuhoro,
Kathy Renata and Alex Quarente.
"Pestana Realty has supported The Heart Research Institute
for a number of years now as we believe that the ground-breaking research it
facilitates is of immeasurable value to the community. We also have a personal
reason for involvement in fundraising for the Institute as one of our Team
Members has coronary artery disease and hypertension with a strong family
history of both. We were very happy to participate at the Gold Coast
Marathon to support HRI and is hoped that our small effort will assist the
Institute in its work.." Bev Pestana
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported
'Team Pestana' and The Heart Research Institute.
See Channel 9 news coverage on Youtube
The MK Challenge team took on the biggest
physical challenge of their lives by setting out to ride over 1000km from
Sydney to Melbourne to raise money in support of heart research.
As a 32 year old regular bloke, Paul Keegan liked a drink,
smoked 40 cigarettes a day, did no exercise and ate too much take away. In 2006,
his father died of a sudden heart attack and a few years later Paul's doctor
gave him a frightening prognosis - he was likely to become another victim of
Paul never had the chance to say goodbye to his dad, but he
wasnt going to ignore the warning.
"I set my mind to taking on a physical challenge that
would involve serious training - getting me off the couch and onto my
Paul and his MK CHALLENGE team (in honor of Paul's father,
Michael Keegan), successfully completed the 9 day ride on Saturday 13th March,
raising around $35,000.
"The ride has helped us all to change our mentality on
how we live and treat our bodies, and most importantly, our heart" Paul
Paul says he hopes the MK CHALLENGE has helped motivate
people to get out and do more exercise.
Lee Charles Marriage (22/5/1982 - 10/10/2008) was born in
Godalming, Surrey, UK and moved to Australia in 2005. Tragically,
Lee collapsed from an arrhythmia whilst competing in the City to Surf 2008 at
26 years old. He was from a large family with two sisters and two brothers who
along with his parents and grandparents reside in the UK. He was a talented
Senior IT Consultant at Unique World in Sydney. He absolutely adored living in
Australia and loved Sydney very much. He was charismatic, youthful, energetic
The team of 'Lee Marriage Groupies' include his girlfriend, close friends and workmates who all miss his cheeky smile everyday.
Richard, a great friend of ours, tragically passed away at
the young age of 31 due to coronary artery atherosclerosis (disease). To try
and get something positive out of this we have decided to run in the City
2 Surf and raise money for The Heart Research Institute.
The HRI is currently undertaking research to find new ways
of detecting atherosclerosis, the same condition that led to Richie being taken
away from us. We hope that in some small way we can ensure that fewer and fewer
people are affected each year.
Being a keen runner and a fan of anything that kept him fit
he would have loved to run with all of us in the City 2 Surf (I know he
attempted to lure me into it a few times!) and while sadly that will not be
possible we're going to run it for him.
With his positive attitude and heart-warming laugh in our minds we'll
make sure that the team Tasich spirit lives on...
Team Tasich geeing up before the start! Enjoying the moment after a gruelling 14 km
The Tasich fundraising team included Adrian Anderson, Ian
Bush, Mark Condon, Michalee Davis, Matthew Faries, Hayley Gamble, John Mckell,
Glen Murray, Ian Warrington.
Congratulations and well done to all our teams - you are all
Heroes of the Heart. We have raised a phenomenal amount of funds (and still
counting!) which will go directly towards research at The Heart Research
Big Bob", a 1942 Boeing Stearman WW2 Open Cockpit trainer bi-plane has flown more than 4,000 km across Australia to raise money for heart research.
Bob Merkenhof passed away from heart disease in 2009 when he was only 59 years of age. Two years before he died he had begun work on restoring “Big Bob”, a 1942 Boeing Stearman WW2 Open Cockpit trainer bi-plane. Bob’s son Ben Merkenhof understood his father’s passion for the project and made it his mission to see “Big Bob" roar into life again. The restoration was completed and now Ben has brought “Big Bob” back from Perth to Cessnock in NSW to raise money for The Heart Research Institute (HRI).
"The idea of completing this aircraft as a legacy to my father is overwhelming. For so many years I strived for my father’s acceptance, as all sons do. To finally be involved in this moment in time is simply heart wrenching.
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