CP is an official partner of the Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival and this year, we raised $200,000 for the Mechanical Heart Program at Toronto's Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
"CP is proud of our partnership with the CFL and the life-saving work the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is doing," said Mark Wallace, CP Vice-President Corporate Affairs. "Through CP Has Heart and Touchdowns for Heart we are able to give hundreds of people a fighting chance against heart disease, which is fast becoming an epidemic in Canada. We look forward to the continued success of this program."
CP is proud to announce a $200,000 donation to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre's Mechanical Heart Program, the culmination of an exciting CFL playoff and the successful completion of another year of CP Touchdowns for Heart.
With donations of $5,000 per touchdown scored during the CFL playoffs, $10,000 per TD during the 2016 Grey Cup game and $25,000 raised at the Grey Cup Festival from CP Has Heart, the sizable donation to Canada's largest Mechanical Heart Program, which has implanted more than 200 mechanical heart devices, will provide life-saving support.
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is a world leader in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with cardiac and vascular diseases and is one of the few healthcare centres in North America offering hope to patients through their Mechanical Heart Program.
A mechanical heart, or left ventricular assist device (LVAD), gives patients time for their heart to recover while awaiting a heart transplant. Often referred to as a "bridge to transplant", this sophisticated, miniature mechanical pump is surgically implanted on one or both sides of the heart. It acts as a temporary assist to keep a diseased or damaged heart functioning until a replacement heart is located.
Initially the $100,000 cost of each LVAD implant was entirely supported by philanthropy. In 2010, Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care approved partial funding of mechanical hearts after seeing the incredible impact on patients. Financial support is still needed to cover the other half of the costs.
Since the start of the Mechanical Heart Program, more than 200 patients have been implanted with a mechanical heart. The majority of these patients have been able to return to a normal, active life.
Read some of their stories below:
CP's community investment program, CP Has Heart, was launched in June, 2014. Since that time, more than $8M has been committed towards saving lives and improving the heart health of men, women and children across North America.
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