Karl Sacca

The Maz helps Karl manage his extremely rare diagnosis of Carvajal Syndrome – a genetic condition that compromises the function of his heart.

Kyra Maerz

At two years old, Kyra had her first open heart surgery at the Maz. Having a world-leading heart centre in Edmonton lets Kyra live life to the fullest.

William Rachwalski

Cutting-edge care at the Maz kept William Rachwalski’s heart beating after a routine checkup revealed it was about to give out.

Maggie Sammon

Three heart surgeries by the age of 20 showed Maggie Sammon how far cardiac care has come – and how much further it can go.

Jenna Donovan

Healthy and active, Jenna didn’t know what hit her when she was told she had heart disease. Left with no other option, she went under the knife for open heart surgery.

Bassit Nawaz

Bassit was studying to be a paramedic when he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. Without a heart transplant, he wouldn’t be here today.

February is Heart Month at the University Hospital Foundation

Heart Month is presented by

Heart Month presenting sponsor Freson Bros. Supermarkets

Join us for our month-long fundraising campaign to support the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death in Alberta.

No other group has played a greater role in advancing cardiac care and research in western Canada than our donors. Our community has given over 80 million dollars to build the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Maz) and equip it with world-class equipment, technology and some of the best and brightest cardiac specialists in the country.

Your continued support is needed to equip our teams with everything they need to remain at the forefront of cardiac care, meet urgent needs as they arise, and respond to new opportunities. 

Heart Month is presented by Freson Bros.

“Sponsoring Heart Month for the University Hospital Foundation aligns seamlessly with Freson Bros.’ commitment to promoting health and wellness within our communities. The University Hospital Foundation’s focus on cutting-edge research, patient care, and community education resonates with our company, making this partnership a natural fit.

This collaboration not only highlights Freson Bros.’ commitment to making a positive impact in our communities, but also underscores our belief in the importance of supporting initiatives that contribute to the well-being of individuals and families.”

Doug Lovsin, President of Freson Bros.

Heart Month events

Heart Pledge Day presented by
Popeye’s Supplements Canada

on up! 99.3

Since 2010, the University Hospital Foundation has partnered with a local radio station to raise critical funds that support the most advanced equipment, technology, and work environments in the world, right here at home. Over the course of 12 hours, listeners learn about the important, cutting-edge work done at the Maz and hear life-changing stories of patients from Alberta and across Canada.

Maz Move-A-Thon

Held from the beginning to the end of Heart Month, the Maz Move-A-Thon is a fundraising event organized and run by the cardiac staff of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute that everyone can participate in. Participants can sign up individually or as a team for a virtual move-a-thon. Walk, run, spin, swim, row – move however you feel most comfortable and get fundraising!

Did you know

Some of the sickest of the sick cardiac patients from across northern Alberta, western Canada and the Territories come to the Maz for a level of care they cannot find anywhere else.

Raise awareness

Highlight your support via your organization’s social media channels and internal communications. Contact us for our media toolkit.

Become a sponsor

A unique opportunity to build your brand and showcase your values. We’re pleased to engage your team through unique experiences and activations.

Make a donation

For your generosity, receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition as a donor to the Maz.

Cardiac stories

It takes heart

2017 was a year of unexpected circumstances. Following a routine appointment, William Rachwalski’s doctor told him that his heart was on the brink of giving out. A lifetime of hard work and multiple surgeries was taking its toll. 

Creating the “Crown Jewel” of simulation labs

Thanks to nearly $8.5 million in community support to the University Hospital Foundation, one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art simulation labs in North America is being designed and equipped at the University of Alberta Hospital.

28th in the world

When Karl Sacca was just 16 years old he was given a a life-altering diagnosis. Now 24, Karl navigates the normal challenges of work while managing his rare medical condition.

The heart of a fighter

Healthy and active, Jenna didn’t know what hit her when she was told she had heart disease. Left with no other option, she went under the knife for open heart surgery.

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