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Piccone signs up

IF John Piccone can step outside his comfort zone and ride a bike to Cooktown, anyone can. The well-known retailer will join his brother Peter who manages drink and snack stops along the way on the Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge in September. The Piccone family also...

Work starts on cath lab

CONSTRUCTION of the second Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at Cairns Hospital has started. The $2.8M facility, jointly funded by the State Government and money raised by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, will allow an extra 577 cardiac patients to be seen each...

Harry is a leader among men

HARRY Felstead might only be 15, but he is being described as a “leader among men” by going way out of his comfort zone and riding 330km to Cooktown. The St Andrews Catholic College student is inspired to ride in this year’s Mt Franklin Cardiac Challenge by one of his...

Cyclists share heartfelt passion

Twenty-three years separate them, but the similarities between avid long-distance cyclists Pete McNally and Jeremy Scott, are astounding. Mr McNally instigated the Cardiac Challenge in 2007 because of his experiences seeking and receiving treatment locally for his...

Annie’s Army Update

We boxed. We cycled to Cooktown.  We trekked the Kokoda Trail.  We drank and ate great food at Piccolo Cucina. We created a movement.  We honoured Annie Lyngcoln legacy. In 2018 the Annie’s Army team raised $14,825 for the Cardiac Challenge Only because you all...

The Adventure

The Adventure Overseas and interstate participants, as well, appreciate the opportunity to experience the dramatically varying terrain of Far North Queensland in a very "up close and personal" way: from the leafy, sun-dappled Kuranda Range road, winding upwards...

Fixing hearts in FNQ

MORE than 240 hot, sweaty and exhilarated cyclists rode into Cooktown in September to thunderous applause, after fundraising to fix hearts in FNQ. The 12th annual Cardiac Challenge raised more than $262,000 after the cyclists pedalled 330km from Cairns to Cooktown....

Alan gives thanks

TWELVE years ago Alan Morgan suffered his first heart attack. After the incident, he waited four weeks and travelled to Townsville on a bus for the stent to be performed. Last Friday when he arrived at Cairns Hospital with another heart attack, he was immediately...

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...