The 9th Annual JWNOH was held at Sharkies at Kareela on 2nd April, 2023. The event is held in honour of my late husband, James Wadland, who at 35yrs of age passed away from an aortic aneurysm in 2013. Each year on his birthday, the event raises funds for The Baird Institute to support the continuation of their ground-breaking research into heart and lung disease. It is an opportunity for family and friends to come together and remember our beloved James and his legacy.
As a family we were suddenly left without a husband and father and our world became unbearable and devastating. Discovering the cause of his death was shocking knowing that his bicuspid valve was genetic and that it could have been prevented. Working with The Baird Institute has given me an insight into the importance of research in heart disease and genetics. A not-for-profit organization that relies purely on donations from its supporters is remarkable.
The Baird Institute has given me the opportunity to channel my grief into raising awareness of the work they do and to support research that continues to save lives so that other families don’t go through the trauma of losing a loved one. As a mum of two children knowing that even though we have been forever affected by such a devastating loss, we can choose to make a difference!
Please join our JWNOH team in this year’s City2Surf on 13th August 2023 and let’s make a difference together!