Soto steps down as chair of Heart Fund

Suzy Soto remains active as Heart Truth Champion and chairman emeritus

The founder of the Cayman Heart Fund is stepping down as chair after nearly four years at the helm.

David Dinner of Bodden and Bodden Attorneys was tapped to head the organisation at a recent meeting.

“It’s time for younger people to be concerned about the heart,” Mrs. Soto said in an informal announcement at the Fund’s Red Dress Valentine’s Gala in February. “It’s time for younger blood.”

Besides, she said, quoting singer Kenny Rogers: You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.

Mrs. Soto is now chairman emeritus and recently became a Heart Truth Champion. She said she looks forward to heart-health training for women’s groups along with the other certified Champions.

New chair

Mr. Dinner began volunteering for the Fund in 2009. He stepped up and took charge of the War on Weight Campaign, which he has run for two years, making improvements for the benefit of the contestants, according to a press release from the Fund.

He was appointed to the board in 2010.

Mr. Dinner enjoys many sports, including skiing, running and cycling and has competed in four Ironman competitions in the US.

Heart Fund history

Since it was launched on 13 May, 2007, the Cayman Heart Fund has expanded and helped many in the community. Among some of the achievements is the popular War on Weight programme, and joint programmes of the Heart Fund and the Health4Youth, which holds free community cardiac screenings, Cardiac Symposiums.

Other events include the annual Red Dress luncheon and Dress Down Day, the Heart Health Fair and the AED programme (more than 20 of these defibrillators have been placed in strategic areas on all three Cayman islands and in most doctors’ offices).

The Heart Fund also announced that the annual Ken Chand Discovery Day Run will be 16 May at 
Camana Bay.