Some young, some old and even those with a history of heart problems, were recognized by Cayman Heart Fund on Friday for fighting for every heartbeat.

Close to 300 people gathered in the Marriott Beach Resort to enjoy a thanksgiving lunch and lend their support to those who were either born with a heart condition or are suffering from a heart problem.

Former Heart Fund Chair Suzy Soto co-hosted the event with Vicki Wheaton. Ms. Soto said it was an honor to be there, to share the experience with others. She thanked the medical community and other caring people for their service and support, and took a moment to stress the importance of families and the care they offered in supporting their heart heroes.

“Prayer, strength, faith and a positive outlook [are] essential, these things may seemed small but [they] can make a difference,” she said.

The luncheon honored survivors of cardiovascular disease. Eight heart heroes were awarded for their survival and shared their journeys of conquering the serious health problem.

The trio of Dennis, William and Mike McTaggart delivered sweet melodies to the crowd’s delight.

Ben Hart of the Hart for Heart charity thanked sponsors for helping get to where they are today. He also thanked Cayman Heart Fund for the opportunity to show a presentation of his experience with his son, who is also a heart hero.

Mr. Hart’s son, Hugo James, was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, which required open heart surgery at the delicate age of three months.

Mr. Hart encouraged folks to assist others in Cayman who go through similar ordeals.

Cristiano McKenzie’s parents, Trisha Dilbert and Marrio McKenzie, thanked everyone for the assistance they received with their son. Cristiano only has half of a heart, said Mr. McKenzie.

Bill McTaggart, Robert Hamaty, Kevin Watler and others also shared their experiences with heart problems through a touching video.

“I am so grateful for everyone in my life, and I am so honoured to be here,” said Nicholas Isabel in accepting his award.

Patron of the Cayman Heart Fund Governor Helen Kilpatrick presented the Heart Heroes awards.

The Cayman Heart Fund has been dedicated to educating the public, influencing policy and supporting access to high quality healthcare through various programs and initiatives.

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