Working at Heart & Stroke, I’ve seen firsthand the difference that we make in the lives of people living with or at risk of heart disease and stroke. And now, as we grapple with COVID-19, new research is showing that people with these conditions are at greater risk of complications if they are infected.
It’s scary, but you can help. On June 7, I will be walking in the first ever Manulife Heart & Stroke Virtual Ride for Heart. It’s a different event this year than usual, but your support will help Heart & Stroke continue to fund lifesaving research at a time when those who rely on us need us for reliable information to help them during this pandemic.
We all have a story about heart disease and stroke; I’m doing the Virtual Ride to honour my mother. Heart & Stroke’s work is so important to me because at a young age, in the early morning, I had the horrible experience of watching paramedics try to revive my mother who had suffered a massive heart attack. She had been experiencing flu-like symptoms since the night before but didn’t think it was serious.
I waited with bated breath for my father to return from the hospital to tell me that everything was fine. But he didn’t.
I remember, like it was yesterday, watching his car come down the street and turn into the driveway. He got out of the car and just leaned against it. From the front porch I shook my head “no” and he responded “no”. Valentines Day has never been the same for me.
Help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation. Any gift you can give will help make a difference during these times..