Best way to re­mem­ber Dr. Dob­bin is to sup­port Heart Niagara

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION -

Re: Founder of Heart Niagara re­mem­bered as vi­sion­ary, Aug. 28

It was won­der­ful to see the trib­utes be­ing paid to Dr. Stafford Dob­bin on his pass­ing. He was in­deed a vi­sion­ary, although I don’t think his ac­com­plish­ments have been truly rec­og­nized.

His vi­sion con­sisted of pre­ven­tive, rather than cu­ra­tive medicine, the con­cept at his cre­ation of Heart Niagara. It re­sulted in the Car­diac Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram, and the Healthy Hearts School Pro­gram, a unique project that in­volves hun­dreds of school-age chil­dren in the Niagara Re­gion, sup­ported by both pub­lic and sep­a­rate boards.

It has iden­ti­fied risks that could lead to de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease. This in­for­ma­tion has been shared with par­ents and fam­ily doc­tors and has the po­ten­tial of prevent­ing many heart health is­sues. This pro­gram is one of a kind, and has been the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous re­search stud­ies by Toronto’s Sick Kids.

To truly pay trib­ute to Dr. Dob­bin’s vi­sion would be to en­sure that this and the many other heart health pro­grams run by Heart Niagara con­tinue. Heart Niagara is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion run by count­less fundrais­ing ef­forts. No gov­ern­ment agency, or other non-prof­its pro­vide fund­ing for Heart Niagara.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Dr. Dob­bin’s con­tri­bu­tions and legacy rests with the Niagara Com­mu­nity fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing Heart Niagara’s unique work, whether through ‘In Memo­riam’ con­tri­bu­tions, or or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­at­ing out­side of their si­los. Helga Camp­bell

Chair, Heart Niagara board of di­rec­tors

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