A summer job with heart

Cardiovascular research mentorship for students.

Sukhmeet Sachal

Surrey’s Sukhmeet Singh Sachal had the unique opportunity to be mentored by Canada’s leading cardiovascular researchers in the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon’s 17th-annual High School Summer Research Program

As one of 10 students chosen to participate in the only cardiovascular research mentorship program for students in Canada, he helped unlock the mystery of cardiovascular disease this summer.

“I want to either be a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon when I grow up,” said Sachal.

The program, open to Grade 11 students in British Columbia and the Yukon, is designed to motivate students with a strong interest in biology or medicine to consider a career in cardiovascular research.

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation funds some of the world’s leading cardiovascular researchers right here in B.C.,” said Jeff Sommers, Manager of Research and Science at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.

“We’re thrilled to connect today’s leaders with tomorrow’s. We couldn’t do so without the generous support of our donors.”

In addition to working in the laboratory, students participated in a wide range of activities related to the goals of this program, including an ambulance ride-along, observation of an open-heart surgery, CPR certification and nutritional cooking classes.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon is a leading funder of heart and stroke research in B.C., supporting university and hospital-based cardiovascular research teams through province-wide fundraising campaigns and donations.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

For more information, visit www.heartandstroke.ca

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