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Ride for Rehab - National campaign conclusion in St. John’s NL on Sept 1, 2011

Alex Holton and Vanessa Parlette cycled 7,260 km for the FIRST ride across Canada for the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. The intent of the RIDE FOR REHAB campaign was to promote public awareness about cardiac rehabilitation and to advocate continued diligence to prevent risk factors for cardiovascular disease and to raise funds for education and graduate scholarships. Graduate scholarship presentations of five $3,000 scholarships will be made at the CACR conference in Vancouver, BC October 2011.Total amount raised for Ride For Rehab campaign was $33,292.36 to be utilized to further advocate cardiac rehab across the country.

Alex, who received life-saving cardiac surgery and rehab at the age of 23, has shared his remarkable recovery story with cardiac rehab patients at over 16 centres from coast to coast. His journey began in British Columbia on May 29th and he reached his final destination in St. John’s NL on Sept. 1, 2011. Alex spoke with over 100 patients of the Eastern Health Cardiac Rehab program held at Memorial University - Field House at 9:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Mr. Leo DelZotto, President of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada and Tridel Corporation was on hand with his wife Sandra, to welcome Alex and Vanessa and he presented a cheque from Tridel (a donation of $3 per km for a total of $22,000) Executive Director Barbara Kennedy welcomed the several distinguished guests including Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and MP Jack Harris. Media coverage included CBC, ROGERS, NTV, OCM Radio and the Telegram newspapers.


  • Tridel Corporation - ($3.00 per km - Toronto, ON = $22,000 )
  • Rogers Communications (iPhone & data plan for blog - Toronto, ON )
  • ThyssenKrupp Elevators
  • The Brand Factory (website management - Toronto, ON)
  • Prestige Hotel Vernon (BC)
  • Olympia Cycle & Ski (Vernon, BC)
  • Wakamow Heights Bed and Breakfast (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)
  • Boh's Cycle ( Moose Jaw)
  • The Place Louis Riel Hotel (Winnipeg,MB)
  • The Owen Sound Transportation Company
  • Wayfare Inn, Marathon, Ontario
  • Southlake Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation
  • Toronto Western Hospital (UHN)
  • Toronto Rehab Institute
  • DELSUITES - A member of the TRIDEL group - executive class accommodations - James Cooper Mansion (Toronto, ON)
  • Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, QC
  • West Island Cardiac Wellness Program (Montreal, QC)
  • Lakeview Inn & Suites ( Bathurst, NB )
  • Rodd Miramichi Hotel ( Miramichi, NB)
  • Marine Atlantic ( ferrry passage to Nfld)
  • Delta St John's Hotels ( St. John's , Newfoundland)


  • Vernon Jubilee Hospital - Health Improvement Network ( British Columbia) Sandra Humphreys
  • Moose Jaw Union Hospital - Five Hills Health Region - Cardiac Rehab program (Saskatchewan) Dawn Bohlken
  • Reh-fit Centre - Winnipeg ( Manitoba) Jocelyn Mitchell & Janet Cranston
  • Dryden Regional Health Centre ( Ontario) Lucy Venne-Feccho
  • Nipigon District Memorial Hospital (ON) Stephen Mangoff
  • Wilson Memorial General Hospital (Marathon, ON) Jillian Cordeiro
  • Southlake Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation - Southlake Regional Health Care ( Newmarket) Terry Fair
  • The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention Program at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Sherry Grace, Dr.Caroline Chessex
  • The Toronto Rehab Institute - Cardiac Rehabilitation & Secondary Prevention Program. Dr. Paul Oh, Natalie Cournoyea
  • West Island Cardiac Wellness Program ( Pointe-Claire, Quebec) Agnes Cartier
  • Chaleur Regional Hospital Cardiac Rehab ( Bathurst ,New Bruswick) Nancy Ellis
  • Cardiac Wellness Program , Horizon Heatlh Network (Miramichi, N.B.) Chantal Richard
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation at the YMCA , Horizon Health Network, The Moncton Hospital ( N.B.) Tracy Selway
  • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Health in Motion Program - Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre - Capital Health (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Sue Brander-Murtha
  • Cape Breton Heart Lung Wellness Centre (Sydney , N.S.) Carol Ferguson
  • Cardiac Rehab Program St. Clare's Mercy Hospital ( St. John's, Newfoundland) Wendy Decker

Distinguished guests in attendance:

Alex Holton & Vanessa Parlette
Mayor Dennis O’Keefe
Mr. Ryan Cleary MP - Riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl (or his rep)
Mr. Jack Harris - MP St. John’s East
Mr. Leo DelZotto - President of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada and Tridel Corporation, and his wife Sandra
Ms. Barbara Kennedy - Executive Director - Cardiac Health Foundation OF Canada
Dr. Michael Furlong - Medical Director Of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wendy Decker - Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Co-ordinator - Eastern Health
Sharon Meehan -- Unit Director of Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cathy Burke - Program Director Cardiac Rehab

Program Details at the Eastern Health Cardiac Rehab Program Class at Memorial University location at 9:30 am

  • Welcome from Dr. Michael Furlong - Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab
  • A few words about the Eastern Health Program in NL - Wendy Decker
  • Ride For Rehab details - Barbara Kennedy - Exec. Dir. Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
  • Cheque Presentation and Sponsorship totals by Leo DelZotto - President of the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada & Tridel Corporation ( Sponsor of $3.00 per km of Ride For Rehab )
  • Congratulations from distinguished guests in attendance : Mayor Dennis O’Keefe ; Mr. Ryan Cleary MP Riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl;
  • Congratulation from representatives from Premier Kathy Dunderdale & Minister of Health Jerome Kennedy
  • Alex Holton’s inspirational story and encouragement to the patients of the Eastern Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in St. John’s, NL

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