Heart Month 2014

Heart Month is a national campaign that mobilizes Canadians to rally together in raising awareness and funds that have an enormous impact on the lives of all Canadians. Through the generosity and compassion of volunteers, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is able to help Canadians prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives by enabling faster and better emergency medical response and treatment, and enhance support for survivors, families and caregivers.

By donating, you're helping to ensure that more survivors come home to the people they love.

 

Please, help create more survivors like Diana Hannah:

It was December 23rd, 2011, and Diana Hannah was going about her day as normal – rushing to the office to attend the day’s meetings. Diana was constantly on the go. 

That morning, she started to feel a burning sensation in her chest, and a throbbing headache came on. She ignored the symptoms and continued on with her morning, but became concerned when the pains persisted. She took action quickly, driving furiously to the Peter Lougheed Hospital praying that the traffic lights would be on her side.

When she finally made it to hospital, she was admitted and notified that she had a heart attack – and that she had 13 blockages. On December 24th, she had a stent inserted. The next day she was given the gift of life, and went home to spend Christmas with her family.

Diana was only 57 years old.

Four months later, Diana and her husband went on a dream trip to Bali. Given a second lease on life, Diana lived each moment to the fullest and took advantage of every opportunity to do something new, or meet a stranger. She was in Bali for two weeks when the burning in her chest started again. She made her way back to Calgary on April 20th, went to the Foothills Hospital. She had two more stents inserted.

Although Diana is now living with limitations – shortness of breath, fatigue, and a small appetite – and has to adjust how she does things simple daily chores, like grocery shopping, laundry and even doing the dishes, she doesn’t let that stop her from accomplishing her dreams. She has recently self-published her own book, 'Healing My Heart Began In Bali' which describes her own life experiences. For each book she sells, she is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation – to create more survivors like her. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please email: truelifestories@shaw.ca for details.

Thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors and supporters, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has contributed to creating 165,000 survivors in the past year alone! You can help to create survivors by donating at the door or online, or you can put your phone to good use through Text2Give. Simply type "donate" into the text message field and enter one of three recipient numbers: 20222 for a $5 donation, 80100 for a $10 donation or 45678 to give $20.

 

There's more than one way to make a difference during Heart Month. You can help us give Canadians more time by knocking on one door, sending one email or organizing one event. Click here to learn more.

If you are currently a canvasser, click here for your canvasser kit pick up and return information.


The projected revenue for the 2015 Heart Month campaign is $1,475,000 at a cost of $419,000 (excluding overhead allocations). It is important to note that this cost includes the Heart and Stroke Foundation's vital investment in health promotion and public awareness.