Big Bike Ride for the HeartJun 21th, 2019
Big Bike ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Newmarket
NewRoads Rides Again! The NewRoads Automotive Group had a great afternoon for their second Big Bike ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Friday, June 7th 2019. The “NewRoads Community Crew” led by Team Captain Lourdes Paz hit the road at the York Region Police Association and cycled up Bayview Avenue to Mulock Drive all around the beautiful town of Newmarket stopping traffic to raise awareness about Heart & Stroke.
The NewRoads Automotive Group together raised nearly $3,500 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, helping to provide education to save lives in our communities close to home and across Canada. Congratulations to top fundraiser Ken Mossop who raised over $2,000 for the cause.
Sadly, every 7 minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. The funds raised from the Big Bike ride help to ensure that critical research can continue to prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives, and support survivors and their families.
NewRoads Chrysler Newmarket, Lourdes Paz, Captain of the NewRoads 2019 BIG BIKE for Heart knows too well to importance of research and development for heart health. In 1975 her Dad, Luis had open heart surgery along with a pacemaker to regulate his heart at the very young age of 37. As the years went by his energy level was not what it should be among other feelings his health needed to be better. Luis wanted to be a big part of his children’s and grand children’s lives and needed to make a change! By age 79 with the support, encouragement, at lot of patience and a lot of love from his family Luis underwent a in double valve replacement 2018.
The operation started at eight in the morning and finished at 6 in the evening… or so they thought? One of Luis’s valves had not shut properly and emergency action re-opening his heart was needed in order to save his life.
Southlake Regional Health Centre Dr. Carolyn Teng MD, MSc, FRCSC Cardiac Surgeon and her team were instrumental in Luis Surgery, saving Luis’s life and giving him back the energy he was missing. The Big Bike for Heart and Stroke raise funds to ensure that critical research in hospitals and universities across Canada can continue to support people like Lourdes Dad Luis to enjoy #moremoments with their loved loves.
If you want to learn about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you can find them next visit newroads.ca/community and remember Community Matters at NewRoads.