Run to raise funds for infant heart care

The Cayman Heart Fund is hosting a 5K run on Discovery Day to help buy medical equipment and meals for infants in need.

All proceeds will go towards a new cardiac probe for the children’s ward at the Cayman Islands Hospital and a children’s meals program.

Cardiac probes are used to test small infants undergoing cardiac surgery.

“The Cayman Islands Hospital currently does not have a cardiac probe for infants or young children. As such, many infants and young children are sent off island for testing,” said the Cayman Heart Fund’s program coordinator, Sue Rajah.

A cardiac probe is used to carry out tests on newborns and young babies before they undergo cardiac operations.

“The hospital does not have this very essential equipment, yet the cost is only $7,000,” Ms. Rajah said.

The Discovery Day walk/run takes place on Monday, May 19, starting at 7 a.m., at the Crescent in Camana Bay.

Funds will also assist children in need of food through the National Council of Voluntary Organizations’ children’s meals program.

Ms. Rajah said that money will go to help fund the NCVO’s program which daily supplies healthy meals for 70 children aged between 2-5 years and 14 infants who attend Miss Nadine’s Pre-School and the Jack & Jill Nursery.

“The menus for the schools are developed in consultation with nutritionists and are rotated every five weeks,” she said. “In some cases, this will be the only home cooked and nutritious food the child may have that day. The program currently needs $22,000.”
Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race kicks off at 7 a.m. Registration costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids which includes snacks and a T-shirt.

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