Discovery Day 5K run puts Heart Fund over finish line

The Discovery Day 5K walk/run on Monday topped off the Cayman Heart Fund’s goal of $150,000 to buy a new ambulance for the Health Services Authority.

The Discovery Day 5K walk/run on Monday topped off the Cayman Heart Fund’s goal of $150,000 to buy a new ambulance for the Health Services Authority.

The Heart Fund started raising money at last year’s 5K to buy the back-up ambulance to add to the Emergency Medical Service’s fleet.

“We have reached our goal, finally, so we will be starting the process of ordering the ambulance,” said Christine Gibbs, a Cayman Heart Fund board member and the race organizer. “That’s great news, and we are very excited.”

Nearly 200 people signed up to participate in this year’s walk/run and raised around $11,000, Ms. Gibbs said.

“We had a great turnout. People were smiling and enjoying themselves,” she said of the event at Camana Bay.

The Health Services Authority has three primary care ambulances in its fleet and two that are used as back-up. The new ambulance will replace one of the back-ups.

At a press conference in February, Cayman Heart Fund Chairman David Dinner explained that having a modern fleet of ambulances is key to helping reduce the instances and impact of cardiovascular disease in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Dinner said research has shown that patients with chest pain symptoms who call an ambulance receive “quicker and more appropriate treatments” and have a better survival rate.

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