Please be generous during ‘Heart Month’

This is the month to think about your heart–yours and everybody else’s.
February is “Heart Month,” and the heart flag is now up at the Civic Centre to remind people that this is the month when we pledge to try to beat down Canada’s #1 killer.
oFact: Heart and stroke disease kills more people in Canada than all cancers combined.
oFact: Eight times more women die from heart disease than from breast cancer.
oFact: You are 22 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a car accident.
oFact: You are 50 times more likely to die from heart disease than from AIDS.
oFact: Deaths from heart and stroke disease have gone down by 35 percent in the last 10 years.
oFact: The Heart and Stroke Foundation provides money for more than two-thirds of the non-commercial research into heart disease–more then the federal and provincial governments combined.
oFact: Breakthroughs by Canadians include pacemakers, blood-thinning drugs, infant heart problems, and many, many more.
oFact: The Heart and Stroke Foundation also emphasizes prevention–“Heartsmart” recipes, exercises for health, lifestyles to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and a lot of other things.
oFact: Canadians have developed a little device to take the plaque out of arteries, and then keep the walls apart.
oFact: The Heart and Stroke Foundation provides a wealth of information, pamphlets, and videos on living well after heart attacks or strokes.
In Fort Frances this year, the campaign is being co-ordinated by Bev Steele. She will have about 110 assistants, who will canvass much of Rainy River District, including the towns.
This year’s goal is $16,000.
Canvassers will be wearing a distinctive Heart Foundation button. Watch for them all through this month.
Look around you. How many people do you know who have had a heart attack or a stroke? How many of them are alive today because of the Heart and Stroke Foundation? Think about it–you might be the next one.
Be grateful that the Heart and Stroke Foundation exists! Be grateful that the results have been wonderful in Fort Frances and area. Be thankful that some of your neighbours are still alive!
Be generous!

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