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ISABELLE’S OLYMPIC WILL


Heart disease survivor

Giving birth to daughter Gabriella brought joy to Isabelle's heart.
It also made her heart stop — literally…


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    Isabelle

    As a youngster, Olympic figure skater Isabelle Brasseur's fainting spells went unexplained. Eventually, doctors learned a heart defect could cause her heart to stop as a result of extreme exertion or stress. While giving birth to daughter Gabriella by C-section, Isabelle's heart suddenly stopped beating for a scary 31 seconds. A jolt of adrenalin got it going again. Mom and baby were fine.

    Thanks to your donations, Foundation researchers have taken major strides to prevent sudden cardiac death by identifying the link between fainting and unexplained cardiac arrest.

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MICHAEL’S FAMILY FATE


Heart disease survivor

Michael took his family’s history of heart disease seriously.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t avoid it…


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    Michael

    By leading a healthy lifestyle, Michael Posner was determined to avoid the heart disease that ultimately killed his father. But when chest pains sent Michael to the doctor, tests confirmed that he needed urgent triple cardiac bypass surgery. Now fully recovered and more committed than ever to a healthy diet and exercise, Michael is thankful for the care he received and the extra time he has been given with his family — who will hopefully not suffer the same fate.

    Better funding will deepen our expertise on hereditary heart disease, enabling fast diagnosis and better treatment for the thousands of lives at risk.

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BAILEY BEATS THE ODDS


Heart disease survivor

After a 12-hour surgery, Bailey’s surgeon delivered the news to her family:
She may not make it through the night...


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    Bailey

    This wasn’t the first time Bailey Bernknopf’s family sat waiting while surgeons tried to repair her heart. When Bailey was five months old, her surgery went as planned. But this time, the operation lasted for 12 excruciating hours. The surgeon wasn’t sure their 15-year-old would make it through the night. But she did. Today, Bailey is a happy and energetic teenager — and grateful for the life-saving surgery that made that possible

    Thanks to our Heart Month fundraising volunteers, the Foundation has funded congenital heart disease research that has led to many new treatments for both Bailey and others like her. Your fundraising helps ensure research can continue to create more survivors.

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KRISTEN COMES HOME AGAIN


Congenital heart defect survivor

At just 13-days old, a routine check-up uncovered a heart murmur. That was just the beginning…


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    Kristen

    A mere 13 days after bringing her home, Kristen's parents were told she had two holes in her heart. Six months later, Jamie and Andrew Seal waited anxiously while their daughter was put on a bypass machine, her heart was stopped, and surgeons opened her tiny chest to perform open-heart surgery. Days later, the Seals brought home a brand-new Kristen. Today, she's a very active and playful 4-year-old, and if you ask about her scars, she'll tell you, "They're for my special heart."

    Your donations help fund research. The Heart and Stroke Foundation funded research that helped develop successful treatments for babies just like Kristen, allowing them to come home

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JOE COOKS UP LAUGHTER


Stroke survivor

Joe Newton’s skills in the kitchen were matched by his wonderful wit. A stroke threatened to take both away…


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    The banter between Joe and his wife Shirley was infectious, especially when enjoying good food with good friends. But after his stroke, Shirley wondered if her gourmet-cook husband could ever eat solid food again, let alone smile. With strength and support, Joe regained the use of his left arm and leg, and slowly reclaimed his ability to swallow and find words when speaking. Shirley got "her Joe" back — along with the banter, the cooking, and the laughter.

    Your donations help fund the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, which was instrumental in Joe’s recovery.

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THE JOY OF SURVIVAL…


...extends to the families and friends who get to welcome their loved ones home

Help us create more survivors.




We're making a difference

Thank you to our volunteersThank you to our volunteers
We couldn't do it without you. Find out how the Heart and Stroke Foundation's 140,000 volunteers are helping create more survivors. Watch the video.


Heart&Stroke Daily Cash LotteryBuy early and you could win big, while supporting research!
The Heart&Stroke Daily Cash Lottery is a fun way to support life-saving stroke research while having a chance to win Big Daily Cash & Trips Prizes every day in June. Order before April 30 for a chance to win $25,000. Thanks so much for your support. heartandstroke.ca/lottery. LL#6348.


Text2Give – and spread the wordText2Give – and spread the word
It only takes a few seconds to help create more survivors. Text a donation to the Foundation today! Just text the word DONATE to 20222 for a $5 donation, to 80100 for a $10 donation, or to 45678 for a $20 donation.


New heart-healthy recipesNew heart-healthy recipes
We’re thrilled to bring you 12 fabulous new seasonal recipes, created in partnership with Health Canada and guaranteed family friendly. Learn more and get the recipes.




Foundation partners with MegaRedFoundation partners with MegaRed
The Heart and Stroke Foundation and MegaRed® are working together to improve the health of Canadians from coast to coast. Learn more.



Does your community need a life-saving AED?Does your community need a life-saving AED?
Hockey rinks and recreational facilities across Canada will become safer places thanks to a joint program of the federal government and the Heart and Stroke Foundation that will place 2,000 life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across Canada. Applications are now open. Learn how to apply.


Working together for a healthier CanadaWorking together for a healthier Canada
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is proud to be one of 16 national health charities that form Healthpartners. This unique partnership successfully mobilizes workplace giving directed at improving the health of all Canadians. Learn how you can help.


Learn CPR at Mercedes-BenzFree CPR Training at Mercedes-Benz!
Mercedes-Benz Toronto Corporate Stores wants to put the brakes on cardiac arrest. That's why they’ve partnered again with the Foundation to offer free CPR training (including infant CPR) at any one of their dealerships. Register today to learn this life-saving skill with events beginning in April 2014.



Help girls get movingHelp girls get moving
This year Ardene and the Foundation are working together to get girls to MOVE MORE. Ardene is donating proceeds from the sale of MOVE MORE hair ties to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Visit an Ardene store near you to purchase a hair tie between April 28 and June 1.



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