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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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    Joe

    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.




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