Family and Friends,
As many of you know, the Heart & Stroke is very near and dear to my heart. In honour of my dad, I will be participating in my fifth Ride for Heart on Sunday, June 7th alongside (virtually!) my colleagues at Flashfood and the Heart & Stroke Young Leaders Committee.
Last year, the Ride for Heart raised $5 million for Heart & Stroke thanks to the generosity of friends, families, and members of our community. This collective fundraising effort meant much needed funding for life saving research into the causes of heart disease, new surgical methods for heart transplants, and revolutionary stroke treatments that have cut the death rate by 50%.
With everything going on in the world, it would be easy to throw in the towel for this year’s Ride for Heart. But this event, which blankets the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway in a sea of riders in red, is a special moment for me and everyone who has been impacted by heart disease or stroke. As the second leading cause of death in Canada, it’s no wonder why over 13,000 people ride alongside me every year. While the event is being held virtually this year, I will still be out on the streets of Burlington, huffing and puffing my way to 50 km. Might even convince Luc to join along, although that would mean at least 20 pee breaks.
With the effects of COVID-19 on the non-profit sector, Heart & Stroke is expected to face a $25 million shortfall this year. As my role as Chair of the Heart & Stroke Young Leaders, I am determined to do my part in reducing the shortfall. But I can’t do it alone. Even though I will by no means be able to raise enough to cover the shortfall, my goal is to make a small but meaningful difference. I hope that you can help me.
If you are able and willing to donate, please donate to my page. Any amount is appreciated. If you are not in a position to donate this year, my only ask is that you send me good vibes and perhaps share a story with me of a good memory you have of my dad.
Thank you for your love and support!