Every Heart and Stroke Foundation donor has their own reason for supporting life-saving research. Here are a few.
Spending our hard earned money on a haircut, fabulous shoes or the latest in tech can give us a real lift. But Canadians clearly recognize that the act of giving to others can elevate that good feeling to new levels.
According to Statistics Canada, 82 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and up made a charitable donation in 2013, giving close to $13 billion dollars to causes near and dear to their hearts.
For Amar Doman, giving to the Heart and Stroke Foundation is rooted in his family history. His dad, Ted, was only 40 years old when he had a heart attack.
Amar was just six at the time, but he remembers clearly the impact of seeing his father hooked up to a heart-lung machine. Ted later had a triple bypass and angioplasty, and at 74 he survived a stroke.
Amar credits medical research for saving his father’s life. “I give because the research the Foundation supports is changing outcomes – you just need to look at my father as proof,” he says.
Heart disease and stroke are all too common in the Doman family. Amar lost his uncle at 75 from stroke, and both of his grandmothers also died from stroke. He and his wife Natallie know that funding research focused on genetics, like the work of Dr. Guillaume Paré, could make a difference for future generations in their family. They’ve seen how much research has given back to their family already, and they look forward to the next breakthroughs that will save lives in the future.
The Domans are just two Foundation donors among about 1.5 million. Here’s what some others had to say about what motivates them.
Doug Adams: “I give because past donations assisted in advances in research of mechanical heart valves that saved my life. I want to provide an endowment that will assist in further research that will help future generations.”
M. Isabelle Butters: “I give because the Heart and Stroke Foundation provides research grants and public information; it deserves my financial support.”
Dr. Robert Kent: “I give because you know exactly where your donation goes, what it’s used for, and what it does – specific research and projects.”
Art and Deborah Korpach: “We give because the potential benefits and services to our community that HSF helps create are amazing and will likely help save one of our friends or family members someday.”
Shishir Lakhani: “I give firstly because I lost my hero, my dad, to this disease and now I too am a serious heart patient. Secondly, this cause provides me a meaningful purpose, feeding my soul and keeping me gratefully alive in mind, body and spirit!”
Rod McKay: “I give because I want to support the best of the best to achieve change to save lives and promote recovery.”
Dr. Don Williamson: “I give because heart disease and all of the circulatory issues that are related are certainly one of the biggest threats to health.”
Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday in Canada and around the world. It’s a day dedicated to looking outside of our own lives, and giving to the causes that will make a real difference. Our thanks go out to all Canadians who honour the giving season and help to make the world a better place for all of us.