You could help save the life of a young boy with a heart condition by taking part in the Cayman Heart Fund’s Discovery Day 5K walk and run. The Cayman Heart Fund has teamed up with Kiwanis Club International this year, and any funds raised through the run will go toward funding the surgery that 15-year-old Luis Mejia needs.
Luis suffers from Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, a heart condition in which there is an extra electrical pathway (circuit) in the heart. A surgical procedure is available which can correct this, but it will cost more than $20,000.
Luis lives in Cayman with his grandmother but due to visa restrictions cannot travel to the United States for surgery. The plan is therefore to send him to Costa Rica. The family have raised as much as they can and – between the Kiwanis, local charity Acts of Random Kindness and the Cayman Heart Fund – they hope to raise a further $13,000. Any surplus donations from the race will go toward this fund.
The Discovery Day Walk/Run takes place on Monday, May 21, starting at 7am and the course will loop twice around the town centre.
Taking part in the run could also help you: May is High Blood Pressure awareness month and as the results of the 2010 census recently revealed, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the Cayman Islands. It’s therefore imperative that people start acting now, to reduce their chances of hearth disease further down the line.
Exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight are the best precautions one can take against heart disease and its precursor, high blood pressure. Running is a particularly good form of aerobic exercise that strengthens and conditions the heart and lungs and with the Cayman Heart Fund organising this particular event, there has never been a better time to turn all those good intentions into actions and get moving.
The course is two laps around the town centre. Registration begins at 6am and the race kicks off at 7. Registration costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids.