A big thank you from Joel

Joel would have never thought at just 18 years of age he’d find himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant. When he was 15, Joel was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – a genetic heart condition that causes thickening of the heart walls, making it increasingly difficult for the heart to pump blood. By raising awareness for heart disease, Joel hopes he can encourage young people to get serious about their heart health, and help prevent the number of deaths caused by undetected heart conditions. Joel’s experience shows that heart disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or physical fitness.