This Christmas, your gift for heart research will help keep Aussie families together.

18 Australians lose their lives to heart attacks every day. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of all Australians and can strike at any age — even seemingly fit and healthy people.

Heart disease won’t stop taking lives just because it’s Christmas. But our research won’t stop either. We urgently need your help to raise $250,000 of vital heart research funding by Christmas to help prevent deadly heart attacks.

Your tax-deductible donation today will help fund research to fight heart attacks – so we can continue to save lives and keep families together.  

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When you donate over $150 before 25th December, you will automatically go in the draw to win 1 of 50 exclusive Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute heart sock bundles. 

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$50 provides essential lab chemicals for our research on atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart attack
$75 helps grow cells to study the genes that play a role in causing deadly heart attacks
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$250 helps researchers analyse the DNA of patients living with atherosclerosis and at increased risk of heart attack
will help fund a postdoctoral fellow to conduct more life-saving heart research

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Every day is a race against the clock to find answers to help save lives

Christine Handford (pictured above) will never forget the fear and pain in her son Kade’s voice when she spoke to him for the very last time.

At just 31 years old, Kade rang his mum to ask what a heart attack feels like. Christine was helpless, and hours away, as she explained the symptoms and told Kade to phone an ambulance right away.

Emergency services worked to save Kade’s life, but tragically his heart attack was fatal.

After his death, it was discovered that Kade had atherosclerosis, which is known as the ‘silent killer’ as often the person does not have any symptoms.

Atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries in the heart caused by a build-up of plaque and is one of the leading causes of heart disease. A severe or sudden blockage can cause heart attack and sudden death.

Kade’s parents, Christine and Garry, and his two brothers miss him every day - especially at Christmas time. This year will be their third without Kade.

Christine and Garry are passionate about heart research - they don’t want another parent to go through the pain and loss they have experienced.  Research is essential to unlock the causes of atherosclerosis, how to treat it and potentially prevent it altogether.

Donate now to help us raise $250,000 in essential heart research funding this Christmas. Let’s fight the ‘silent killer’ to keep more families together.

Kade was only 31 when he died suddenly from a heart attack
Chirstine and Garry miss their son Kade every day
Kade with his mum and dad growing up on the dairy farm

“Heart disease is the biggest killer of people worldwide, the biggest killer of people in Australia. If it can be prevented through research, to prevent more families going through what we’ve been through… it needs to happen.”

- Christine, Kade's mum

Your gift to heart research this Christmas will help Aussie families together

One in five Australians are affected by heart disease.
Atherosclerosis is one of the leading causes of heart attack. 
Approximately one person every nine minutes is hospitalised due to heart attack, and 18 people die every day.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Australia - taking the lives of 18,643 Australians in 2022 alone.

Christine shares her story

The tragic loss of her son Kade at just 31 years old to a heart attack and why research matters to her.

18 Australians lose their lives to heart attacks every day

18 Australians lose their lives to heart attacks every day

With fatal heart attacks rising, there will sadly be more empty seats at Christmas tables across Australia this year.

But you can help us change that by donating to heart research so we can carry on Dr Victor Chang’s vision of a future free from heart disease

Your gift this Christmas will help fight atherosclerosis, one of the key drivers of fatal heart attacks. Will you help fund heart research and provide a better future for generations to come?   

Help keep Aussie families together this Christmas.

Thank you to our generous supporters!

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