Friday, April 26, 2013

Please join me in supporting the Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart

Hey Folks, this is my annual, and one time, email asking for you my peers and friends help in supporting the Heart and Stoke Foundation, as those who have received this email in past years may recall, this is an organization that means a great deal to me and my family.  Heart Disease is a pernicious thing, often striking suddenly, altering the shape of its victims lives, those who manage to survive that first unexpected heart attack.  For our family that became all to true when my father found himself in the emergency ward this November.  It was only through the technologies and techniques that have been developed with the aid of research supported by the Heart and Stroke foundation that my father is still with us, and starting to return to a more normal life.  This is not the first time we have been touched by this, only the most recent example.  Too many of my friends have parents going through this same process, and I know my grandfather is only with us today through the technological marvel that is his pacemaker.

In past years I've extolled the virtue of Heart and Stroke Foundation, for not only its active role in research to save lives, but its strong educational message aimed at preventing the need for these measures.  Through their Spark program targeting childhood obesity, or their efforts to work with retailers, manufactures and restaurants to surface heart healthy foods.  If you would like to read more about what the Heart and Stroke Foundation does, you can learn that here, or if you want more information on the Ride for Heart go here.  
This year, for a twist, and to make you feel I'm really working to earn your support, it won't be just myself and Erin riding, but our whole family.  What that entails is my wife cruising about at full speed, while I drag 70 lbs of kid/trailer over 25 km up and down the DVP. 
I hope I can count on your support in this, you can donate by clicking this handy link, I've set a modest goal of $1,000 dollars, but I hope we can blow past that like we've done in previous years.
Thank you all for you time and support.

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