Sunday 9 August, 2020

Hundreds of walkers come out in support of congenital heart defects

Team Nolan’s 2nd Annual Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk attracted hundreds of walkers in support of Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness week 2020 and the memory of an undoubtedly beautiful Heart Warrior, little Nolan Evans.

The event took place on February 9 and received support from His Excellency Governor Martyn Roper, The Deputy Governor Honorable Franz Manderson, volunteers, sponsors and over 250 participants.

Team Nolan Pediatric Program is the Pediatric Arm of the Cayman Heart Fund and is a not-for-profit that was inspired by the courage of heart hero, baby Nolan Evans who lost his fight to a complex congenital heart disease known as Truncus Arteriosus in 2018.

The mission of Team Nolan is to raise local congenital heart disease awareness and to financially assist local families with CHD babies; through fundraising efforts such as the annual Heart Warriors & Angels Beach Walk and Kidfest events. The support culminated in the event meeting all of Team Nolan’s targets.

In June 2019 Team Nolan donated the Nolan Evans Memorial Bench to Health City’s main lobby, which illustrates CHD awareness messages for all to see when passing through the hospital’s lobby. In October of 2019 Team Nolan was able to cover the full cost of the purchase of a critically needed infant transport incubator for the Health Services Authority’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In December 2019 Team Nolan presented a substantial donation of financial support to a family in need. Baby Mirella was hospitalized for over 4 months in Health City. She was born with a critical congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot.

Most CHD children don’t look sick. Sometimes you can’t tell them apart from other kids but their scars are very real. Beneath their shirts are battle scars... constant reminders of their battles to live.

Baby Nolan was born on June 22, 2017 and lost his battle to CHD on Jan 25, 2018.

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