This is the 33nd year for the Ride for Heart, and happy to say my 5th year participating in the Ride. With your generous support I have been able to personally raise over $3,500. Funds that have gone towards life saving research.... THANK YOU!!
Why is this important to me?
December 2014 I was diagnosed with Heart Failure, and in May 2015, I received the gift of life a new heart.
A heart transplant is a treatment not a cure for heart disease. My life took a turn that I could have never expected. I am continually grateful for those who have chosen to study cardiology and the advances their research has made in improving lives. I am grateful to my donor family who in a time of insurmountable grief, made a decision that saved my life.
There can be hope even in our darkest days. Hope that we will get better and return to the life we once had. In June 2016, 13 months post transplant I rode 50 km in the Ride for Heart with an average pace of 20 km hour. I have competed in 2 Canadian Transplant Games; setting Canadian records swimming in 50 breaststroke, 50 and 100m backstroke, and cycling in both the 20 km road race and the 5 km time trial.
Thank you so much, I am so very grateful! It is so important to fund heart and stroke research so that all of us can look forward to longer healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke.
Are you interested in knowing more about my cardiac journey? You can read about my transplant story in Best Health Magazine
Or Listen to on CBC’s The Current where I speak about meeting her donor’s husband (1:08:39)
Register to be an organ donor at beadonor.ca