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630 CHED Heart Pledge Day to support lifesaving care in Edmonton

Ryan Jespersen broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for the 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 28, 2018.
Ryan Jespersen broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for the 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 28, 2018. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED

Lifesaving moments happen regularly at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton. All day on Wednesday, donors helped that lifesaving care continue.

This year, the annual 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day, raised more than $157,000 for the University Hospital Foundation to support the care given at the Mazankowski.

Throughout the day, patients whose lives have been saved at the Mazankowski shared their stories live on air. Doctors who perform the care will also be featured.

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In the past, money raised has gone to expand the cardiovascular intensive care unit, buying portable life-support equipment for patients so sick they wouldn’t make it to the hospital alive without it, and purchasing a specialized cooling system that protects the brains of heart attack patients by lowering their body temperature.

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This year, funds will go to support “high priority needs” at the hospital.

The Mazankowsi is a world leader in cardiac care and surgery located at the University of Alberta Hospital.

To donate to 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day, call 780-407-2200 or click here.

LISTEN: The Ryan Jespersen Show live from 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day

Ryan Jespersen broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for the 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 28, 2018.
Ryan Jespersen broadcasts live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute for the 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day on Feb. 28, 2018. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED
Hearts with donors' names are posted on the donor wall at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 28, 2018.
Hearts with donors' names are posted on the donor wall at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Feb. 28, 2018. Kirby Bourne/630 CHED
People passing through the hospital stop to make a donation to 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day, benefiting the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. .
People passing through the hospital stop to make a donation to 630 CHED Heart Pledge Day, benefiting the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. . Kirby Bourne/630 CHED
On Wednesday, 630 CHED radio hosts did their show live at the Edmonton heart institute. .
On Wednesday, 630 CHED radio hosts did their show live at the Edmonton heart institute. . Kirby Bourne, 630 CHED