My immediate family has been affected by heart disease and stroke, and has benefited from the work of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. I'm sure someone you know, or even perhaps someone in your family, has also been affected. That's why I am fundraising again for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, by participating in the Ride for Heart on Sunday, June 7. I'll be back off-piste, but not in The Netherlands this year: up and down the Don Valley and back and forth on the Spit. I love that flat part, just can't figure out how to keep the wind at my back at all times.
And we know this year is different in many ways. Your support is so important because people living with heart disease and stroke face new risks due to COVID-19. They can suffer medical complications if infected with COVID-19, and people with pre-existing heart conditions are particularly vulnerable and face a higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
With your help, Heart & Stroke can continue to fund critical heart disease and stroke research, and collaborate with researchers, clinicians and our partner organizations to understand and address COVID-19 and its relationship to heart disease and stroke.
Every five minutes, someone in Canada dies from a heart condition, stroke, or vascular cognitive impairment. That is why it is critical to continue funding breakthroughs to make that statistic a thing of the past.
Thank you for your generosity, Alfred