Kevin is all heart

Kevin is all heart

“I JUST feel I have a debt that I need to repay,” says Cardiac Challenge rider and cardiac arrest patient Kevin O’Donnell. Mr O’Donnell, a Melbourne resident, is riding the fundraising event for a second time and is currently the second highest individual fundraiser....

Motivated family

WHEN Fred Blakey’s cardiologist picked up a heart valve problem due to a rheumatic heart condition more than 30 years ago, he knew he was facing some serious work on his heart over the coming years. “Dad had several heart related procedures over the years, his first...

Driven by loss

MORE than six months after his mother died of a massive heart attack, Nick Lyngcoln finds it hard to control his emotions. “We knew she was unwell and in hospital but we just didn’t expect to lose her like we did,” Mr Lyngcoln said. He and his brothers Daniel and...

Defibs save lives

NEXT time you have a heart attack in Cairns, it may well be a defibrillator bought through Cardiac Challenge donations, that shocks you back to life. The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation bought four defibrillators for the Emergency Department, as well as a...

Roses for a cause

ONE year and one day ago, Geoff Choveaux’s life hung in the balance. The “jumper leads” were put on his chest eight times, re-starting his heart when it stopped beating numerous times. Today, the Yungaburra rose farmer has provided 50 bunches of roses for sale, with...