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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...

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...

Cardiac goal reached

THE Cairns community has reached its goal, and fundraised $1.4 million for a second cardiac catheter laboratory at Cairns Hospital. Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation chairman Dr Ken Chapman said he was blown away by the generosity of individuals and groups, who...