In April 2018 at the age of 48 and in seemingly good physical health, Leo suffered a heart attack while working out at the gym. After being rushed to hospital and assessed, it was determined that he sustained 100% blockage to his right coronary artery. Leo had surgery and remained hospitalized for a week then continued his recovery at home.
While his body was on the mends, his mind and spirit were devastated by the experience. Leo thought he would never be the father, the son and the climber again and in many ways felt his previous lifestyle was no longer possible. With support from family, friends and group of survivors he met through the Heart and Stroke Foundation Leo slowly regained hope that he could once again pursue mountaineering and have a full and active life.
Leo now has his sights set on Mount Everest- a daunting challenge that will surely push him to reach his physical and mental limits. If successful, Leo will make history and potentially become the first Canadian with heart disease to summit Mount Everest.
Leo strongly believes in the work that the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is doing and so he has chosen to climb for this reason . You can support Leo's Heart and Stroke MY OWN FUNDRAISER campaign and follow him on social media as he embarks on a once in a lifetime voyage to take his heart to the highest!
Leo's goal is to raise $500 000.00 in support of Heart and Stroke research that can help save the lives of those who are affected by this disease. Please donate today, even the smallest amount can make a difference!
Support Leo's dream of tackling heart disease and stroke by supporting fundraising, Heart & Stroke by clicking the link below.
You can also help support Leo by helping fund his expedition costs, e-transfers can be sent to Everestfirstname.lastname@example.org.