Waterloo Region and beyond showed plenty of heart during "Red Day" 2019.
The annual event, which is held to raise awareness about the risks of heart disease in women, brought in over $502,000 for St. Mary's Regional Cardiac Care Centre.
Over $300,000 was donated by the community, the remaining came from Manulife, which offered to match up to $200,000 in donations.
The funding will be used towards the purchase of the equipment needed to set up a third cardiac catheterization suite at the hospital.
Donations even trickled in from as far as Owen Sound and Simcoe.
"It's clear that these communities care passionately about the cardiac health of the women in their lives, and by extension, their friends, neighbours, and co-workers. And, they recognize that investment is required to ensure ongoing access to the advanced cardiac care provided at St. Mary's." President, St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, Susan Dusick said in a release. "We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to the Manulife giving challenge. What an amazing endorsement of the excellent care provided by the physicians and staff of St. Mary's."
"Thanks to the generosity of community members, we were able to do our part in increasing awareness of cardiac health amongst women and raising funds to support St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre." added Mike Doughty, President and CEO of Manulife Canada.
It's estimated over 6,500 procedures will be performed through catheterization at St. Mary's this year alone.
The Chief of Cardiovascular Services at the hospital says their resources are stretched beyond capacity. "With procedures projected to grow substantially in the next five years, there is a significant risk to patient care unless a third catheterization suite is added." stated Dr. Brian McNamara.
"Red Day" was held on Friday, June 7.