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Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion His­tory

More than 63 years ago, a vi­sion­ary group of Cana­di­ans, in­clud­ing physi­cians and re­searchers, es­tab­lished the Na­tional Heart Foun­da­tion of Canada with big hopes for the fu­ture. They had a dream: to put heart health on the pub­lic agenda, to em­power re­searchers to turn the tide on heart dis­ease, and to ed­u­cate Cana­di­ans about their hearts. With the emer­gence of On­tario’s Foun­da­tion in 1952 and Bri­tish Columbia’s three years later, a net­work soon be­gan to de­velop across the coun­try. In 1956, the Que­bec and Saskatchewan Foun­da­tions were es­tab­lished. In 1961, the Foun­da­tion was re­named the Cana­dian Heart Foun­da­tion. After decades of growth in in­flu­ence and im­pact on the health of Cana­di­ans, the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion reached its lat­est mile­stone in 2011, when the na­tional of­fice and nine in­de­pen­dent pro­vin­cial bod­ies united to be­come one strong, na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion. To­day, the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada is at work in com­mu­ni­ties from coast to coast, with: • More than 130,000 vol­un­teers • Close to two mil­lion donors Since 1956, the Foun­da­tion has raised and in­vested more than $1.3 bil­lion in lead­ing-edge heart dis­ease and stroke re­search. Th­ese im­pres­sive re­sults have been made pos­si­ble by the on­go­ing and valu­able ef­forts of vol­un­teers and donors across this coun­try. Heart Month - His­tory Th The H Heart tM Month th cam­paign i b be­gan i in 1958 when the Foun­da­tion, led by Dr. Wil­fred Bigelow, com­mit­ted to raise $600,000 to fund heart re­search. In On­tario, vol­un­teers in Hamil­ton, Kingston, Lake­head, Lon­don, Oakville, Oshawa, Peter­bor­ough and Port Hope launched a mod­est door-to-door cam­paign to raise a pro­vin­cial goal of $250,000. By the end of the cam­paign, they had ex­ceeded goal and raised $320,000.In 1962, the can­vass – named the “Heart Sun­day Can­vass” – was ex­panded to in­clude ad­di­tional cities. Can­vassers con­sisted pri­mar­ily of Air Cadet Squadrons, Ladies’ Aux­il­iary and Cana­dian Le­gion branches and medi- cal stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto. To­day, the Fe­bru­ary Heart Month can­vass is a na­tional, com­mu­nity-based fundrais­ing cam­paign. The suc­cess of this pro­gram de­pends on its over 100,000 vol­un­teers, who make friendly, per­sonal re­quests to their neigh­bours and on­line net­works. Vol­un­teers can­vass for do­na­tions through the month of Fe­bru­ary, to sup­port life-sav­ing re­search and raise aware­ness of heart dis­ease and stroke within their com­mu­ni­ties. To­day, heart dis­ease and stroke take one life ev­ery 7 min­utes and 90% of Cana­di­ans have at least one risk fac­tor. Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion’s key op­por­tu­nity to reach mil­lions of Cana­di­ans in Fe­bru­ary and alert them to the risks of heart dis­ease and stroke. Vol­un­teers are the face and the voice of the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion and Heart Month is a crit­i­cal time when we de­pend on you to share our mes­sage.

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