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We have partnered with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, with the mission to raise funds to support Heart Health Research.
Leonardo Namen suffered a heart attack in 2018 and has chosen the task of summiting Mt. Everest to help bring awareness to the causes and difficulties heart disease brings to Canadian men and women.
In 2021 Leo aims to become the first Canadian heart attack survivor to reach the highest peak in the world! With your support, Leo will do the expedition few dare to embark! Help him make history while supporting vital research around heart disease in Canada.
"After my heart attack, I wondered, why me? As humans, we all have "mountains" to vanquish. Some mountains are small while others are large. No matter the size, one thing is certain- these mountains are certainly all unique and made up of seemingly countless obstacles. I hope to encourage, not only heart attack survivors, but anyone facing adversity in their life to set goals and try to achieve them.
Second, when I experienced my heart attack, I was caught off guard. I never thought I was at risk. I had to rethink how to take care of myself and make healthy choices so I could be around for my loved ones and watch my children grow. I want to advocate and raise awareness for not only the work that the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing to help survivors and supporting cutting edge heart and stroke research, but I also want to encourage individuals to be mindful of their health.
Lastly, I was diagnosed and treated quickly because there is a good understanding of how this disease presents in men. I have learned that this is not the case for women. I thought, what if it had been my wife, my daughter, my mom or my sister in my place? Would their odds have been as good as mine to survive? Currently, women are more often misdiagnosed than men and there is insufficient information on how heart disease develops and appears in women. This really hit home for me, and it is why I have decided to climb for this cause.
Surviving was just the beginning, the best is yet to come."