After a miraculous recovery, a Beach family gives back to St. Mike’s

Joe Sexton, left, and son Dustin are counting their blessings after Joe survived a massive heart attack in February. The Sexton family is organizing a fundraiser on April 30 to benefit the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. PHOTO: Jon Muldoon

Just over two months ago, Beach contractor Joe Sexton was hit with a massive heart attack, and ended up spending the better part of an hour with no vital signs.

Thankfully his wife, Jo-Anne, started CPR immediately, and between her actions, the paramedics, and the cardiology department at St. Michael’s, Joe has become a walking example of what could be – and has been – described as a miraculous recovery.

“I’m very fortunate. Grateful, actually. It’s been a bit of a rough ride, rough on my family,” said Joe. “I can’t use the word ‘thankful’ often enough.”

In order to try to express that gratitude, however, Joe and his family are planning a fundraising party to celebrate his survival and recovery, and to raise money for St. Mike’s cardiac intensive care unit.

A Ticker of a Time will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Daniels Spectrum on Dundas Street East, starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature prizes, a 50/50 draw, light snacks, and music by A Piece of the Rock. The Newfoundland-inspired band, well-known to long-time Beachers, features Joe – “the man, the myth, the legend,” according to his son Dustin – on accordion and harmonica.

“It should be a fun night. We’re planning on playing at least two sets, maybe three depending how it goes,” said Joe.

Tickets to the party are $50, available by searching for ‘A Ticker of a Time’ at or at the door. There’s no specific goal set for the night, but the capacity of the venue is 400, said Joe, so the more people that show up, the better.

“I’m confident that we can … be able to write a decent cheque to St. Michael’s Hospital,” he said.

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