A Heartfelt tribute


After enduring long battles with heart disease, Cass Stacey lost both of her grandfathers to heart failure, and with several other family members living with the burden of heart disease, Cass has a very good reason to run.

Cass lost her Grandad who was only 60, when she was 12 years old, and two years ago her Pop had a minor heart attack at her sister’s engagement party. Despite triple bypass surgery, her Pop later died in hospital.

“Grandad had been sick the whole time I’d been growing up, and before the funeral my family asked for donations to the Heart Foundation in lieu of flowers,” Says Cass.

“Early in life that’s been my cause – the Heart Foundation was the first charitable organisation I knew about. Our family have also attended the Heart Foundation’s annual Memorial and Thanksgiving events.”

Cass has registered to participate and raise funds for the Heart Foundation again in this year’s HBF Run for A Reason. “I ran last year, and thinking about my family gave me something to focus on,” she said.

Heart disease is also a part of life for her father-in-law, who despite leading an active lifestyle, regularly competing in triathlons, had an internal defibrillator inserted just after his 50th birthday due to an irregular heartbeat.

Cass’s Grandma has had a pacemaker since the year 2000, but Cass is thankful to have just helped her celebrate her 80th birthday.

“I’m 32, and I’m determined to avoid what I’ve seen my family go through, having these procedures, losing loved ones and having to take pills every day. I make sure I have regular tests and have a home gym to keep fit so that I can set a good example for my 6-year-old daughter,” said Cass.

Cass’s aims for this year’s HBF Run for a Reason are to improve her time, and raise more than $1,000 for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work in research, awareness and care.

You can help Cass reach her target by donating to the Heart Foundation.