We have been most privileged to have your support for the Ride for Heart annual fund raising event for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Shockingly, this year will be the first in the past 25 years, in which my family and I will not be riding on the Don Valley Parkway to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). The COVID-19 pandemic has created unforeseen disruptions to our lives. In consideration for the safety for our community, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has decided to cancel this year's Ride for Heart in person spectacle. Instead, the supporters are asked host each’s own virtual event by riding individually to raise funds.
The loss of fund raising events like “Ride for Heart” has had devastating consequences for both the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the critical lifesaving research that it supports. Since the onset of the pandemic beginning with March of this year, the HSF has laid off half of its staff in order to conserve resources. Furthermore, much of the excellent research submitted by our talented scientists across the country for heart disease could no longer be supported. This is taking place in a paradoxically ironic environment, where COVID-19 selectively affects patients with cardiovascular disease. Patients with the latter incurs death rate by 5 to 10 times compared to those without cardiovascular diseases.
However, I and many others are even more committed to raise funds for Heart and Stroke Foundation in order to maintain its mission and the research to find solutions to Canada, and the worldwide number one killer. The ability for us to tame the consequences of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, will also help to sustain resilience of our population against the pandemic. We hope to lead better and healthier lives, once we get through to the other side of the pandemic.
I aim to accumulate at least one hundred kilometres of riding during the first week of June, to continue to support the Heart & Stroke Foundation in terms of the excellence in research, saving lives and improve the health and well-being of Canadians. I have done over 70 km already in both Ottawa and Toronto, and aim to exceed 100 km by June 7th. I looked forward to your joining me for the enthusiastic support during these difficult times. By working together, we will all have a better and healthier tomorrow.
Thanks again for your support,
Peter and the Liu Family
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