Stroke is a monster in my family. My grandfather passed away at 71. My grandmother had a severe stroke a week later at 68, leaving her completely paralyzed from the waist down. She would suffer multiple strokes for the next 7 years. I was 10 the last time I saw her. She passed a year later. 6 years ago, a close aunt also suffered a severe stroke that killed her quickly. On my mother's side, we have lost 3 loved ones, and a fourth suffered a stroke late last year, and is now living in its aftermath. Its always been in the back of my mind, how this risk, could be in my DNA. It became an even bigger worry when my Dad had one last February. Its now present in my maternal and paternal sides, so its something I can't really ignore anymore.
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.
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 five years.
Help me fund this important research and meet my fundraising goal.