Determined to overcome the setback of his heart attack, on his 50th birthday Leo will attempt to summit the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, as a fundraiser for Heart & Stroke; taking his heart to the highest!
Leo Namen started climbing mountains as a teenager in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia, and has since summited many peaks, often raising money for important causes with his climbs. He moved to Canada in 2002 under a protection program after serving as a member of a federal national security agency dedicated to persecuting international terrorists, and for his love of the Rocky Mountains.
In March, 2018, Leo summited Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico, and used the climb as a fundraiser for orphans in the city of Orizaba. During the climb, he experienced some chest pain—a foreshadowing of what was to come.
Two weeks later, back in Canada, Leo was rushed to the hospital because of a heart attack. He survived and began his physical recovery, but soon discovered that heart attacks also take an emotional and mental.
Upon completion of climbing Mount Everest, Leo will be the first Canadian heart attack survivor to reach the highest mountain in the world!
Support Leo's dream of tackling heart disease and stroke by supporting his chairty of choice, Heart & Stroke.
For donations to fund his expedition please send e-transfers to Everestfirstname.lastname@example.org.