When it comes to heart disease and stroke, our genes should not be our destiny. That’s why I’m fundraising for the 2020 Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 7. Your donation will help fund life-saving research breakthroughs and will give us more moments with those we love.
My dad passed away unexpectedly at age 31 of thoracic aortic aneurysm dissection and up until recently, I had no idea that my family history meant that I was also at risk. Fluke circumstances led to me being diagnosed as high risk of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection (TAAD) and I can now ensure I have the right monitoring and treatment going forward.
However not everyone is diagnosed early enough for preventative measures to be taken. Despite significant scientific advances, we only know 20-30% of the genes involved in heart disease. With the right funding, doctors predict they could unlock the genetic puzzle behind cardiovascular disease within as little as five years.
Help me fund this important research and meet my fundraising goal.