Former AFL player flies the Healthy Hero flag for The Alfred

1/09/2015

Former Kangaroos player, Jason McCartney knows being fit was key to staying alive as he fought his way back from the horrific injuries he sustained in the 2002 Bali Bombings.

Close to 13-years since he was flown to The Alfred for life-saving burns care, Jason has returned as an ambassador for The Alfred’s Healthy Heroes Father’s Day Appeal, proudly presented by Harris Scarfe.

"As a father of two I work hard to keep to stay fit and healthy. My children inspire me every day and I do everything I can to maintain my health," Jason said.

"Join me in the steps to better health and, if you feel something isn’t quite right, act on the warning signs and see a doctor. Be a healthy hero."

This year’s Father’s Day Appeal is helping raise $5 million to upgrade the hospital’s busy Cardiac Centre – boosting capacity to help more Victorians with serious heart conditions.

Director of cardiovascular medicine, Professor Tony Dart said The Alfred is a leading centre for complex cardiac surgery and research, and recently partnered with several hospitals across Victoria – Bendigo, Ballarat, Frankston and Box Hill – to take on patients with worsening cardiac conditions. "In just 12 months we have grown an already busy program – doing more heart procedures, admitting more cardiac patients, and treating more coronary heart disease than ever before," Prof Dart said.

"Cardiac disease remains the number one cause of death for Australians, killing one Australian every 12 minutes – and yet we estimate 75 per cent of cases are preventable.

"Everything is connected, so if we eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep and don’t smoke or drink too heavily, the risk of heart disease falls dramatically."

The Alfred Healthy Heroes Father’s Day Appeal, proudly presented by Harris Scarfe, is now underway.

Support the appeal. Visit alfredfoundation.org.au or phone 1800 888 878.