I am riding in the Heart and Stroke foundation Ride for Heart on June 2nd and would appreciate any financial support you could offer by donating on this page.
I ride in this event every year (5th time) for the people I love who have been impacted by heart disease and stroke and those that could be impacted in the future. These people are:
My dad - is a survivor of heart disease and is living with the aftermath of that experience each day. Continued research could help extend his time or extend the quality of that time so he can see his grandkids,grow up and give them the opportunity to learn from him.
My nan - my maternal grandmother suffered multiple strokes which left her bedridden and barely remembering many of us. My childhood memories are of a firecracker of a woman, passionate, loud and funny and her strokes robbed us of that over her last years.
My mother in law – Lynne passed away from heart disease a few short years ago. My kids are missing out on being spoiled by her and we all miss the energy and joy she brought to our family.
My family (current and future) – my wife, my kids, my nieces and nephews, my sisters and sister in law, and myself. In addition to my dad, my nan, and Lynne’s stories, both my paternal grandparents passed from heart disease and my father in law is also a survivor. Genetics play a huge role in this, and all of us inherit risk from at least one generation, but alot of us from multiple. Supporting this cause is a selfish endeavor to help protect myself and my family.
While the reasons above are serious, another reason I ride is because it’s a lot of fun! Cruising down the Gardiner first thing in the morning as the sun (acutally saw it last year as it didn't rain) is rising over the city is a beautiful thing.
Every 7 minutes someone dies from heart disease and stroke in Canada.
Your support will help the Heart and Stroke Foundation to achieve its 2020 goal of reducing Canadians’ rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25%.
Your donation will directly improve the lives of Canadians through preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery.