Participants in the Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser do laps on the stairs of Abbotsford Centre on Saturday. The event was held in support of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (John Morrow/Abbotstford News)

Step Up 4 Cardiac Health raises $4,000 for new vital-signs monitor

Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation held fundraiser at Abbotsford Centre

A total of 56 participants helped raise more than $4,000 for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The individuals took part in the Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser at Abbotsford Centre, which involved them doing laps on the stairs.

Each lap was 694 steps and took approximately seven minutes to complete.

The record for the most laps this year was 24, which was double last year’s record.

Participants who didn’t want to do the stairs could walk the concourse. The most completed was 31 laps.

“As a group, we took on over half a million steps,” said Liz Harris, FVHCF executive director.

“It was amazing to see the amount of people who came out to support Step Up 4 Cardiac Health, as we doubled last year’s participation.”

Harris said the $4,000 raised has fully funded a Connex Spot Monitor for the cardiac health unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The monitor provides automatic vital signs measurement. The device connects wirelessly to nursing stations and sends real-time vitals to the patient chart from the point of care to help improve efficiency.

The FVHCF continues to fund vital equipment and programs for Abbotsford Regional Hospital. All funds raised in Abbotsford support Abbotsford.

Visit fvhcf.ca or call the office at 1-877-661-0314 for more information or to support the cardiac health unit.

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