People living with heart disease and stroke are at an increased risk of becoming very ill and dying if they contract COVID-19, and emerging data confirms the virus can damage an otherwise healthy heart and impact the brain. Funding for research is more critical than ever. That is why I am participating in the first-ever Manulife Heart & Stroke Virtual Ride for Heart.
You can help those at greater risk due to COVID-19 and your donation will help fund life-saving research breakthroughs.
Last year, for the first time, I participated in the Ride for Heart. We did it as a family and I was very excited to ride on the Don Valley Parkway. We all completed the 50 km route (even in the cold, pouring rain). This year we were all registered to complete the 50 km route again as a family. (although Jesse and I were pleading with our dad to do the 75 km route) However, due to the current pandemic circumstances, the Ride for Heart, typically on the first Sunday in June, has been cancelled. The Heart and Stroke foundation is still encouraging people to gather donations and complete virtual rides as they still need our support for all the work they do. I have been training hard for this and have decided to fundraise, even though youth are not required to. Jesse and I have both decided to do a 128 km ride indoors on Sunday June 7th. We would like to compete with each other to see who can complete the ride first and who can raise the most amount of money.
My parents have explained that during these uncertain times it may be hard for people to justify donating to charity, but we feel truly inspired to do something after watching some of the amazing performances like Canada Together and seeing how much money they raised for organizations like Food Banks Canada. We also love watching some of the professional riders (some of whom we met last year in Europe, and saw up close and personal) competing online, and riding the same courses that we ride online.
Depending on the success of my Ride for Heart Challenge I anticipate attempting another ride in the future to support Food Banks Canada.
Help me fund this important research and meet my fundraising goal.