Friday, 2 May 2014

#HappyHeart5km Picture Montage

I mentioned this on Monday, but it merits mentioning again, I was absolutely blown away by the AMAZING community last week.

Last Tuesday was a really hard, but seeing all of your pictures this week, having the opportunity to talk about heart health, and reading all of your words of encouragement as I tackled 61km helped lift me up. I still miss my Dad everyday. And there are moments when I pause an reflect upon the impact Heart Disease has had on my life, and I am overwhelmed. Heart Disease has broken my heart both literally and figuratively. Literally with my own diagnosis. And figuratively with the loss of my father. The impact of both - profound, devastating, and life-changing.

But my goal for 2014 (and always) has been to try find Opportunity in Difficulty, so being able to raise awareness about Heart Disease and Fundraise for the Heart and Stroke Foundation has helped me find meaning in my grief. 2013 broke me, and in 2014 I want to rebuild. Last week your generosity and support helped me heal.

I wanted to take a minute and send a special shout-out to St. Micheal's Catholic High School and my amazing cousin Amber. This group of girls all got together to run the Happy Heart 5km last week and to fundraise for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
I was completely blown away by the their efforts. They raised close to $400 all on their own. I was also struck by the fact that I was the same age as these girls when Heart Disease changed my life. I was just a senior in high school and 17 years old when I was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome. And I was 18 when I was fitted with my first pacemaker/defibrillator. I often forget how young I was when this all started. But seeing these girls reminded me that it is never too early to start talking about heart health and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

My heart melted when these photos starting filling up my phone. Seeing these girl take such an active role in their health, talking about heart disease, and proudly wearing their pink Happy Heart 5km bibs left me speechless.

So I wanted to take a minute to say Thank You to the girls at St. Micheal's! Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Happy Heart Project so far. Thank you to everyone who ran last week. And thank you to everyone who took the time to send me some love and support on Tuesday during my 61km triathlon for my Dad.  

The Happy Heart Project has officially raised $4478.00.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of such an Amazing Community.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,