June 30, 2006 is date that I will certainly never forget. It was 8 days before my wedding and I had just finished having a fun day on the golf course with some work friends - and my world got turned upside down. There was a call from my sister, "Call me as soon as you get home, it's urgent...but don't call me while you're driving".
Of course my mind raced the whole way home...
When I finally got home I got the news... Dad's in the hospital, he's had a heart attack.
I can't decribe the flurry of emotions that went through my head - here we are just over a week away from one of the happiest days of my life and I'm not sure if my Dad is going to be able to be there to be a part of it.
Thankfully, the surgery to insert stents and alleviate the blockage was successful. My Dad was cleared to fly to Ontario, and as long as he took it easy, he was able to come to my wedding.
Because of the life-saving research being conducted as a results of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, my Dad is still alive - and that’s why I am fundraising for the 2018 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 2nd. Your donation will push forward life-saving research like this and more and fund incredible breakthroughs to create more survivors of heart disease and stroke!
It was always apparent that family history played a role in our risk factors for heart disease and stroke. But despite significant advances, we only know 20-30% of the genes involved.
With the right funding, doctors predict they could unlock the genetic puzzle behind cardiovascular disease within as little as 5 years.
Please help me with my fundraising goal and make a donation today.