Butterfield Bank recently donated $20,000 to the Cayman Heart Fund and it is
already being put to effective use in the purchase a much-needed Heart Stress
Treadmill Machine for the Health Services Authority in George Town.
The Cayman Heart Fund is a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated
to the reduction of cardiovascular disease in the Cayman Islands, by
implementing educational and awareness programmes in the Island’s schools,
workplaces and communities.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the term used for heart, stroke and
circulatory diseases, which is the #1 health problem globally. CVD accounts for
an astonishing 1/3 of all deaths worldwide - far exceeding deaths caused
by cancer or any other disease or, even road accidents. Many people do not
realize that CVD kills more than four times as many women as breast cancer does.
In Cayman, as elsewhere, its effects can be devastating not only on families
and loved ones but it also prevents sufferers from living a full and healthy
life because of various disabilities caused by the disease. CVD also creates a
tremendous economic burden on our country’s health and financial resources.
However, the good news is that this terrible disease is largely preventable.
Early signs of CVD can often be detected by simple monitoring for high blood
pressure and cholesterol. And everyone can reduce their risks of CVD by doing
regular, moderate physical activity, by eating healthier foods and by stopping
smoking. And that is where the Cayman Heart Fund comes in – not only will the
Fund implement educational programmes throughout the Islands but it will also
implement screening facilities and work towards improving cardiac care
facilities and equipment in our Hospitals.
Butterfield Bank’s Monique Bush commented, “At Butterfield Bank supporting
health and fitness initiatives in the Cayman Islands is very important to us,
and our partnership with the Cayman Heart Fund is one that I know will directly
improve the lives of the people of our community.”
On Saturday, 17th May at the Family Life Center on Walker’s Road, the Cayman
Heart Fund will have its first Heart Fair with the HSA and Chrissie Tomlinson
Hospitals in attendance, as well as some overseas hospitals from the USA. Local
insurance companies; fitness, exercise and diet instructors will also be in
attendance so everyone is invited to come along and learn more about improving
your health and reducing your risks of this disease.
For more information – or to help or assist the Cayman Heart Fund in its
efforts, you can contact it by telephone 928 2366 or, write to Cayman
Heart Fund, PO Box 10152APO, Grand Cayman KY1-1002.
Tel: (345) 815 7663