Your Dollars at Work
Why Your Support Matters
Since you’re reading this right now, it’s clear that you want to help. We need people like you. When you donate or raise funds for the Ride for Heart, you help ensure that more survivors come home to the people they love. Thanks to the money you raise and donate, we’re able to fund research that leads to medical breakthroughs, helping survivors recover faster and return home to their families sooner.
How the Heart and Stroke Foundation Helps Create More Survivors
We invested over $32 million in life-saving heart disease and stroke research in 2014, supporting more than 1,000 researchers across Canada.
We placed more than 8,000 life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in communities across Canada to increase someone’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation funded the development of life-saving treatments that created 165,000 survivors last year.
Your Support Makes Things Happen
Survivor Story — Jen Bogart
Waking with a pounding headache, blurry vision and an unsteady walk, Jen tried calling in sick but couldn’t find the words. She emailed instead and went back to bed. But things got worse. Much worse. Unknowingly, Jen suffered a stroke. When her friends got her to the hospital, she couldn’t walk and spoke only three words. Thankfully, doctors saved her life; but stroke changed it. With speech and occupational therapy, Jen now enjoys life at a slower pace. She reads, solves puzzles, cooks, rests, does yoga and goes for walks. Stroke didn’t stop this dynamo — and she’s still making progress.
Joe’s journey back from stroke
In mere minutes, Joe went from celebrating his wedding anniversary to being put in an ambulance on a stretcher. But it took time, hard work and support to undo the physical, mental and emotional effects of his stroke.
Making heart health child’s play
Dr. Heather McKay is reshaping a community ─ and the heart health of its children ─ by making it easier for kids to be physically active.
Giving women a second chance
Dr. Karin Humphries is studying why women lag behind men in recovering after a heart attack and how we can close that gender gap.
Stopping cardiac arrest before it happens
Dr. Andrew Krahn is working to save lives by uncovering the DNA sequences behind LQTS, a rare condition that puts healthy people at risk of sudden death.
Chasing the next breakthrough
Dr. Edward Pryzdial is studying a new clot-busting drug with the potential to give stroke patients safer, faster and more effective treatment.