Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao reigns as the World Boxing Organization Welterweight Champion, but that is only part of his story. Growing up in the Philippines, Manny experienced the challenges of poverty firsthand, and now he uses his winnings to give back to those who need it most. He and his wife founded the Emmanuel and Jinkee's Heart Foundation to help address educational needs and medical outreach as well as provide shelter and relief goods. Manny also serves as a senator in the Philippines.
During a recent trip to the Cayman Islands for the "Island Rumble" boxing event, Manny visited Health City Cayman Islands (HCCI), a partnership between Ascension and Narayana Health. While there, he solidified a partnership with the Have a Heart organization to provide lifesaving heart surgery to Filipino children at HCCI.
"I may be a world-class champion in the ring, but with all the help and kind support of Have a Heart Cayman Islands, hand in hand, we will all be champions of these children's hearts," Manny said.
According to a local news interview, he announced that the first two children requiring heart surgery will travel from Cebu, Philippines, to the Cayman Islands this year, with more to follow.
"It is an honour to partner with a living legend to bring life to many future legends across the world," said Harry Chandi, Chairman of Have a Heart. "Partnerships like these are not only a blessing to children, but they keep us motivated to raise resources that help deliver world-class medical care to people who need it the most."
"We are in the business of giving hope to children – hope for long and healthy lives," said Chandy Abraham, MBBS, MS, DNB, MRCS, ADHA, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Medical Services, Health City Cayman Islands. "Through this alliance, we can do more to support our mission of high quality, affordable care for all."
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