Olympic figure skater Joannie Rochette urging people to support Heart & Stroke Canvass
February is Heart Month in Canada and with it comes an important fundraiser- the Heart & Stroke Canvass.
Olympic figure skater, Joannie Rochette was personally affected by heart disease just before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when her mother tragically passed away from a heart attack. She courageously went on the win a bronze medal in an emotional performance.
“Women often don’t put themselves first,” says Rochette. “My mom was definitely like that. She’d put my dad and me first. After she passed away we found a piece of paper in her wallet that outlined some of the symptoms she was experiencing. She had never talked to us about them.”
This month, Heart & Stroke canvassers will raise funds for research and share the signs of heart attack and stroke. They’ll also share information about the “Time to See Red” women’s campaign geared to close the research gap between men and women, and stop women from dying unnecessarily.
“I think it’s pretty incredible to see the number of volunteers involved in this cause,” says Rochette. “We all know someone in our family affected by heart disease. That’s why each and every donor is critical to fund medical breakthroughs and help save lives in the future.”
People can get involved by fundraising, volunteering and sharing signs of heart disease.
For more information, visit heartandstroke.ca.
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