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. 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.