National University Heart Centre, Singapore aims to raise S$50,000 to keep more hearts beating

  • 17 cardiologists will clock a combined distance of 170 km at marathon to canvass for funds for needy heart patients.
  • First of its kind fund-raising campaign roll-out stories from donors, fundraisers, beneficiaries and staff to increase awareness of unmet gaps in financial assistance schemes for needy heart patients.

To raise the target fund of S$50,000 for needy heart patients, 17 doctors from the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) will double-hat as ambassadors for the NUHCS ‘The Heart Fund – Keep the Beat’ fund-raising campaign. The 17 doctor-ambassadors from the National University Heart Centre, Singapore will clock a combined distance of 170 km at the upcoming Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon to rally for Singaporeans to donate generously.

National University Heart Centre, Singapore. Image Courtesy : Wikimedia Commons

With The Heart Fund – Keep the Beat campaign, NUHCS aims to bridge unmet gaps to ensure needy heart patients receive the financial assistance to help them with the cost of medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation. The fund will also go towards supporting
medical research for breakthrough in the field of cardiovascular diseases as well as training and upgrading of skills to enhance patient care.

“Despite the existing government and community assistance schemes, there are many needy patients who fall through the cracks. The gap is most apparent when patients require newer and more advanced lifesaving procedures after exhausting other treatment methods. But given the novelty of the procedures, many have yet to be covered under existing funding schemes. This is when The Heart Fund by NUHCS will make a difference to needy patients, including the sandwich class who needs the treatment but cannot afford to chalk up a huge bill,” said Dr. Edgar Tay, Senior Consultant at the Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore, who will also be running to raise funds.

For the past year between October 2016 and September 2017, 51 needy patients have
benefitted from the generous donation from people from all walks of life. One particular donor of The Heart Fund was Nobel Laureate Dr. Sydney Brenner, 90 who went through a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedure at NUHCS in 2016.

A patient turned donor, Dr. Brenner, shared that, “The TAVI procedure gave me a new lease of life and allowed me to continue my work of more than 70 years in scientific research. I think everyone can and should make a difference to not only individual lives but also to the society as a whole. Those who have the means to donate should be encouraged to help others who may not have been as fortunate as them.”

Cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke accounted for 29.5% of all deaths in 2016. To put it in perspective, nearly every 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore is attributed to this disease. To keep more hearts beating, visit this link and give a gift from your heart. A donation amount of your choice will go a long way to help needy heart patients.