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THANK YOU WALK OF LIFE 2017 PARTICIPANTS & SPONSORS FOR MAKING OUR EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS! We met our goal of raising $500,000. Incentive Prizes for fundraising have been sent out and plans are underway for NEXT YEAR – SAVE THE DATE FOR MAY 26th , 2018!
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SPECIAL WALK OF LIFE 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT

The Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce our NEW project of establishing the 1st PAEDIATRIC EXERCISE MEDICINE ROOM AND CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM FOR KIDS AND ADOLESCENTS IN CANADA at The Hospital for Sick Children. Our fundraising efforts are in partnership with SickKids Hospital, Cardiac Kids and Bike2Play. Our mission of ‘Prevention, Education & Cardiovascular Rehabilitation’ will have gone full circle from supporting Dr. Terry Kavanagh’s pioneer work in establishing cardiac rehab for adults across Canada 50 years ago to now working to support kids! The WALK OF LIFE will also continue to support over 25 cardiac rehab programs across Canada and cardiac health-related organizations such as University of Toronto’s Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Lab; Cardiac Kids; the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance; and the Mikey Network.



"Young heart patient Jane playing with her mom"
Click here to read more about our project and partnership – an excerpt from SickKids Newsletter April 2017…


Bike2Play Campaign – the Ride from Toronto to Muskoka September 23-24, 2017

Bike2Play is a supported fundraiser of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada and has raised over $45,000 to date for Cardiac Kids in support of SickKids Hospital.

This year, we are proud to announce that the funds raised will be put towards establishing Canada’s 1st Paediatric Cardiac Rehab Program and Exercise Room at The Hospital for Sick Children. Your support will ensure that SickKids has the space required to conduct this program. The Exercise Medicine Room, located in the Labatt Family Heart Centre, will provide a place where children and their families can learn how they can better use physical activity to improve their health and quality of life.

Bike2Play’s goal is to have 50 cyclists participate this year and to raise a minimum of $50,000 for their 3rd annual ride from Toronto to Muskoka. Donate to the campaign online by clicking on the following link and on the CYCLIST’S NAME. Donations are fully tax receipted. Alternatively, make your cheque out to Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada and indicate the cyclist that you are supporting for Bike2Play and mail to our office.

http://bike2play.kintera.org/2017



CONGRATULATIONS to all the CHEFS who made the 2017 Healthy Hearts Challenge a great success! :
Healthy Hearts Nutrition Award: V!VA Retirement Communities Chefs Mitchell Lash, Lindsay Harris & Jonathan Nevin
Healthy Hearts Taste Award: CHARTWELL Retirement Residences Chefs Nick Calina, Joan McNeill, Stephen Huszczo, Kevin Van Vuren
Healthy Hearts Creative Presentation Award: SCHLEGEL Villages Chef George Madalena, Lee Stewart, Mike Killip, Jashua Jimenez, Terance Paul
Healthy Hearts Peoples Choice Award: DELMANOR Seniors Communities Chefs Divakar Raju, Jordan Bruce, Guarev Saxena, Keith Sullivan, Sarah Wagner
For more pictures, check out our facebook page.


Enjoy the following video highlighting our WALK OF LIFE 2017
   

Irving Buchbinder - Top individual fundraiser for WALK OF LIFE 2017 & Overall Top Fundraising Champion

BMO Heart - BMO's Corporate Finance Division Real Estate Finance team was the TOP WALK OF LIFE Corporate Fundraising Team. Pictured: Phyllis Chan, Halim Chaccour. Drew Gardiner, Mike Beg - VP and Barbara Kennedy - Executive Director - Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. Missing: Victor Wong


Watch Heart Warrior - Isabella Rizzo’s video on her story and invitation to join the Bizzy Bees Team for Cardiac Kids at the WALK OF LIFE 2016.

Celebrating 50 years: The Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada History 1965 - 2015. Click here to download and watch the PowerPoint presentation (43 MB).


Board of Directors congratulates Dr. Terry Kavanagh at the special announcement of the Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Lab at U of T’s new Goldring Centre.
Pictured: Dr. Terry Kavanagh, Leo DelZotto (President), Morty Glickman, Barb Kennedy ( Executive Director), Ildiko Marshall, Harvey Fruitman, Adam Sorrenti, Carrie Lavack, Gina Pereira, & Dr. Jack Goodman.

Please watch this short video further highlighting the differences between women and men with respect to cardiac events.



Help others, Share your Story about your Heart Attack, Cardiac Event and or Congenital Heart Disease

Did you know that you can be helpful to others by sharing your story and the details of your recovery? Many individuals who have experienced a heart attack or who are struggling with heart disease including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and or congenital heart disease have overcome incredible hurdles in managing and recovering from illnesses. Your stories are important in providing insight for others and in normalizing for many what may feel strange and or insurmountable.

In addition to sharing your stories for the benefit of others we also want to know:
How many of you completed cardiovascular rehabilitation and whether you could have used ongoing support in supporting your lifestyle change? We are interested in knowing the challenges and hurdles you are facing in engaging in fitness training, in eating balanced and healthy meals daily, in accessing new medications to manage your risk factors and other challenges you face on a day to day basis in your recovery. In 2016/2017 the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is also committed to ensuring that we act on behalf of individuals across Canada in advocating for access to services, medications and treatments that facilitate active recovery from cardiovascular and congenital heart disease in Canada. In assisting us with this role we need to hear about your concerns and the challenges you face in accessing appropriate services, medications and or treatments.

Send your stories and or your challenges to

John Sawdon
Public Education & Special Projects Director
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
901 Lawrence Avenue West Suite 306
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1C3
416-730-0354
jsawdon@cardiachealth.ca

Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

The newly re-branded Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting cardiac rehabilitation and the advocacy of prevention and education across Canada.

Since 1965, $12.5 Million has been raised nationally for facilities, scholarships & research, patient & public awareness, professional education and medical equipment.


Walking & exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason WHY the National WALK OF LIFE campaign was started. more


Cardiac Rehab Facts

  • Initially designed to treat post heart attack & bypass patients, it now includes individuals with valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and pacemakers, PCI, non-debilitating stroke/TIA , congenital heart disease, diabetes and or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Has become PROACTIVE with an emphasis to educate and treat those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, family history, smoking, obesity and inactivity to reduce the likelihood of a cardiac event.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation is “the enhancement and maintenance of cardiovascular health through individualized programs designed to optimize physical, psychological, social, vocational, and emotional status. This process includes the facilitation and delivery of secondary prevention through heart hazard identification and modification in an effort to prevent disease progression and recurrence of cardiac events”


NEW ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION Grant 2014 - 2015 awarded to Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada for Heart Wise Exercise Project further expansion. more


Honorary Chair of the WALK OF LIFE - John Stanton – Founder of the Running Room & The Walking Room
We have a remarkable Honorary Chair for the WALK OF LIFE 2011 - John Stanton - the founder of the Running Room & the Walking Room. John is a best selling Canadian author of eight books on running and a true advocate of WALKING and RUNNING.

He has received many national awards for his promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians and the prevention of risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. WALKING and exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason why the WALK OF LIfe was started 27 years ago.

Just as the WALK OF LIFE began with one WALK in Toronto and has expanded to over 40 centres nationally over the years, John Stanton's first Running Room began at one site out west and has expanded to over 100 locations across Canada and the United States. He has been featured as a guest on numerous television programs, newspapers across the country and served as the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Canada and is a member of the Order of Canada.

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  • Click here to read testimonials from WALK OF LIFE participants, sponsors & volunteers !

CALLING ALL STUDENTS ....CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS ....

If you have time to help out either at the walk of life or throughout the year, the cardiac health foundation always needs helpers. more


Click to see Magda Arent & Kevin Maly's student intern project on how they got involved..

  
 
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