I'm fundraising for the Manulife Heart and Stroke Foundation Ride for Heart.
In Canada, we can rely on each other for help when it comes to our healthcare. When my stepfather suffered a heart attack in 2017 in rural Ontario, help was there when he needed it. He was rushed to Wiarton Hospital where they administered a "clot-buster" drug, TPA, saving his life. It was thanks to pioneering research by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada that this indication for TPA was first discovered, back in 1987. It was also thanks to Heart and Stroke's ongoing efforts to improve access to care that this drug was available in plentiful stock, even in small town Ontario.
This is just one example of how the Heart and Stroke Foundation's cooperation with our public healthcare system is saving lives and improving outcomes for all of us, every day. His emergency treatment and successful recovery was fully-funded by our tax dollars but the research and advocacy that has improved and continues to perfect the healthcare system here was funded by the generosity of people like you and fundraising events like the Ride for Heart.
The path that leads from an individual donation to a saved life is a complex lattice of cooperation and interdependence, but it's not delicate. As long as we can rely on your help, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada will continue to save and improve lives.
Please help out and donate to my fundraising page.