The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser was held Feb. 22 at Abbosford Centre in support of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (Submitted photo)

The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser was held Feb. 22 at Abbosford Centre in support of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Step Up 4 Cardiac Health raises $11,000 for cardiac device

Event held by health care foundation supports Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Almost 90 participants raised approximately $11,000 for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) at the recent Step Up 4 Cardiac Health.

The third-annual event was held Feb. 22 at Abbotsford Centre, and involved participants doing as many “laps” as they could of the 594-step course or of the concourse.

Each lap on the stairs takes approximately seven minutes to complete. The record for the most laps this year was 26 on the stairs and 31 around the concourse.

“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.”

The funds raised will go towards the purchase of a cardiac ultrasound probe for the cardiac health unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The device is used to help physicians save countless lives through detection of heart disease, and can also be used to diagnose the causes behind heart murmurs and chest pain, evaluate leaking heart valves, and more.

The FVHCF continues to fund vital equipment and programs for Abbotsford Regional Hospital, with all funds raised in Abbotsford staying in Abbotsford.

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

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