The second annual Time is Muscle event will be held Jan. 19 at Sheraton Red Deer. (Photo contributed)

Cardiac care fundraiser returns to Red Deer

Time is Muscle set for Jan. 19

Time is Muscle — a cardiac care awareness dinner and show — will return for its second year on Jan. 19 at Sheraton Red Deer.

Organized in partnership with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, the 2018 event sold out and raised $12,000.

Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda, a volunteer and one of the event’s directors, said selling all 400 tickets for the 2019 dinner and show would bring in another $12,000, plus more with the proceeds from a silent auction, raffles, art gallery sale and other donations.

She said the event has been moved to a larger venue after its success in 2018 to raise funds to enhance cardiac care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and to raise awareness of the need for a cardiac catheterization lab and hospital expansion.

Cardiac catheterization, also known as angioplasty, is a procedure to unblock coronary arteries that feed the heart in the event of a heart attack.

For more than two years, doctors have spoken out about the lack of beds and hospital services, including a cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Without access to a local lab, and the long transfer times for the treatment elsewhere, doctors say Central Albertans have a 60 per cent higher rate of death or disability than people in Calgary or Edmonton.

Tickets are $80 each until Dec. 31, and $90 after, for the heart-themed, three-course plated dinner and retro rock and roll party with The Heartbeats Band.

Tickets are available by calling 403-343-4773, in person at Red Deer Regional Health Foundation at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, or online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/TimeIsMuscle2019.

People are asked to wear red to show their support for cardiac care.



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