Macdonald’s stroke might not have been preventable, given his age and weakened condition. Seventy-six years old, he had collapsed on the campaign trail three months earlier, exhausted by his efforts to renew the Conservatives’ hold on office. But the Heart & Stroke Foundation maintains that 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. Accordingly this Canadian organization is committed to life-saving research and to ensuring the best, most prompt emergency response to strokes and cardiac emergencies.
Given Sir John A’s cause and date of death, not to mention his Kingston connections, the spectacle on June 6th of a massive multi-cyclist bike pedaled by volunteer Heart & Stroke fundraisers might indeed bring to mind Macdonald’s funeral procession from City Hall, where he had been lying in state, to Cataraqui Cemetery, where he lies to this day.
Every seven minutes someone in Canada dies from heart disease and stroke. With your help, we can change this statistic and give Canadians more precious years of life. Team Wing Nuts thank you from the bottom of their hearts for assisting them in meeting or exceeding their goal for the 2014 Big Bike Ride.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation will automatically issue Tax Receipts for donations of 15 dollars or more, and if requested will issue Tax Receipts for donations less than 15 dollars. If you donate online your tax receipt will be automatically emailed to you.
If you would like to donate please go to the Big Bike website and click on Sponsor a Rider (http://www.bigbike.ca/site/c.8oLGKOPnE5LQH/b.8855937/k.9DF8/Sponsor_a_Rider.htm).
Information courtesy of Wing Nuts team members Curtis Smith and Charles Ingraham
Heart & Stroke Foundation: http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.2796497/k.BF8B/Home.htm
"When life's work is done - the passing of Sir John A. Macdonald": http://www.uelac.org/events/Death-of-Sir-John-A-Macdonald.pdf