I had a stroke last summer as a young, healthy, and active 27-year-old . Though I don’t have all the answers as to why it happened to me, I consider myself to be lucky in a lot of ways. I got to the hospital quickly, had excellent care, and went through rehabilitation with an amazing team of therapists.
During my recovery, I had – and still have – support from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Montreal went under full lockdown in March, a staff member from Heart and Stroke called me to personally offer help and assistance if I needed anything. They have also given weekly webinars for survivors and their caregivers to provide important information during this time. Beyond this, Heart and Stroke hosts an online community for stroke survivors to stay connected, motivated, and supported, which can be a lifeline after a major event like a stroke. Evidently, Heart and Stroke makes a huge impact for many Canadians, including myself.
I am pledging to run 1km for every $100 raised for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My current goal has been set at $2110 so that if I raise the full amount, I will run a half marathon. I am proud to be running this distance (or hopefully more!) with your support, less than a year since my stroke.
This is a cause that is dear to my heart and I really appreciate any donation that you can give – it means the world to me!
With love and thanks,
You can follow my running activity on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/4828308
You can check out some of the Heart and Stroke webinars: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/what-we-do/webinars
Update #1: because I've reached my goal I have uped my fundraising goal to the distance of a full marathon 42.2 km! I will run the half marathon and will do another run in the month of June - stay tuned for updates <3
Update #2: I've just added another 10 km to my goal thank you everyone for your incredible support. It means so much to me!!
Update #3: I've updated my fundraising page to reflect the distance of three half marathons!