About Heart Month

Presented by

Heart Month presenting sponsor Freson Bros. Supermarkets

Join us this February for Heart Month – our month-long fundraising campaign – to raise funds for cardiac research and care here in Alberta.

February has a very special place in the hearts of everyone here at the University Hospital Foundation, but also in the hearts of countless Canadians across western and northern Canada. That’s because February is also Heart Month, presented by Freson Bros., a time when love, community and gratitude come together in support of cardiac care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (Maz) and beyond.

Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada, but the incredible doctors and cardiac staff at the Maz are hoping to change that – and they need your help to do it. Generous support from people like you is what allows the Maz to be the groundbreaking, innovative centre it is today. Your support is what helps the Maz save lives.

One of North America’s leading heart institutes, the Maz performs over 5,000 potentially life-saving procedures every year on some of the most desperately sick people here in Alberta, but also British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It is also the only centre in Northern Alberta to provide care to patients requiring advanced treatment for cardiac and respiratory failure.

Cardiac care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and beyond

This Heart Month, donor support will help us keep pace with rapidly changing technologies and techniques – ensuring patients are benefiting from the very latest in cardiac care. Your contribution will help bring innovation to life – supporting emerging ideas and technologies that are advancing excellence in patient care, education and research on a daily basis.

We need your help to raise $625,000 to fund the brightest medical minds, leading-edge technology and the innovative research that impacts every one of the 70,000 patients we see on an annual basis. Your support will help ensure thatthe future of cardiac care can be transformed.


The Maz offers care to any age at any stage, serving patients from across western and northern Canada


Nearly 1,300 adult and 400 pediatric open heart surgeries are performed each year at the Maz


1 in 4 Canadians will experience some form of heart disease in their lifetime

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