On our personal Ride for Heart pages, our reasons for participating in the Ride for Heart can (almost) fit into a photo like the one you see here.
Ma'ayan (age 12) and I did our first ride together 3 years ago. Orly just got herself into this photo two years ago. Jeff, the (great) friend in this photo fit himself into the frame precisely because Orly (beautifully-stubbornly) wanted to participate and because Ma'ayan had speed ambitions - additional guardians needed!
A perhaps funny part of this photo is that my husband, Ofer, the most experienced rider in our family, was not in this frame because he was cycling ahead of us on the 75 km route (athletic ambitions). He is missing from this photograph 'on a technicality'.
At the basic core, when I bicycle with my kids along the DVP, I get to share the first steps/pedal whirls of heart health with them. We all know someone that we care about for whom heart health matters - for whom we want the best health outcome possible.
The decision is really simple.
Every heart disease and stroke patient is seen with fondness in someone's picture frame.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada provides research grants, funding medical breakthroughs that save lives. Heart and Stroke supports prevention efforts, empowering Canadians to live healthier lives and reduce their risk. They also work with partners to help Canadians learn CPR and first aid so that when an emergent situation arises – we know what to do.
I ask that you join us in supporting Heart and Stroke and the wonderful work they do. On June 7th – Ride with us – Walk with us.
If you can, please donate today.