On October 15th 2013, my healthy 46 year old mother had a stroke. Covering her eyes with the palm of her hands, unsure and scared as to what was happening, she was admitted to Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga where they quickly discovered she had bleeding in her mid-brain. She was then transferred to St. Mike's hospital in Toronto who fortunately specializes in neurology. It was there that she settled into her new reality: double vision, loss of balance, headaches and losing her ability to drive. Despite a roller coaster of emotions, she knew that these debilitating factors were not going to define her for the rest of her life. This October marks 7 years of recovery. She went back to working full time a year later, her vision continues to improve and her balance is back to what it use to be. She is my absolute definition of a super woman.
My mother, Fatima, is 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 for not only my mother, but for all those who are and have experienced her journey.