My name is Mike Zhang. My legal name is Gang Yi Zhang, which was named by my grandfather. I would like to use the 2020 Manulife Ride for Heart cycling event on June 7th, 2020 to remember the love from my grandfather who passed away due to a heart stroke.
Heart disease and stroke are always surrounding my family. My grandfather had stroke when he was 60 years old and passed away 10 years later after suffering from a third time stroke. My dad and my two uncles also have heart diseases. One of my uncles passed away due to heart attack when he was 40 years old.
My dad almost passed away due to a suddenly heart attack when I was on the way back to Toronto after visiting him four year ago. He was sent to ICU and stayed there for over one week. After this heart attack, my dad currently is very weak, and his health condition is no good. I really don't know how long he will still be alive.
It was apparent that family history played a role in our risk factors for heart disease and stroke. But despite the current significant advances that has been accomplished in this field, we only know that approximately 20-30% of the genes involved. With the right funding, doctors can extend their research studies to help them find alternative methods that could potentially unlock the genetic puzzle behind cardiovascular disease within as little as five years. Your donation will help fund life-saving research breakthroughs and will give us more moments with those we love.
This is my first time participate in the 75kms ride and your support is extremely important to me. Please help me fund this important research to meet my fundraising goal.
Thank you so much for your support!