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WALK OF LIFE UPDATED INFO - Saturday May 26th 2018!

RUNNERS: Exciting NEWS for RUNNERS this year – If you are competing in the 5 KM or 10 KM , your GUN TIME will be recorded and uploaded to RoadRaceResults.com. Register by Thursday May 24th to take advantage of this new perk.
Race Kit pick-up at Rosedale Running Room 1087 Yonge St. on May 24th 5:30- 6:30 pm

KIDS: All kids taking part in the KIDS FUN RUN at 9:00 am will receive participatory medals. The Paw Patrol’s Marshall & Rubble will be on hand to congratulate you!

EVERYONE: All participants will receive a ‘goody’ gift bag at the completion of the event!

NOTE: REGISTRATION online closes at NOON on Friday May 25th. You can still register the day of the WALK OF LIFE inside the Ontario Science Centre at 8:00 am.



Members & Friends of the Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada , Cardiac Kids & Bike2Play celebrate the official opening. The three groups are involved in raising funds to establish the 1st Paediatric Exercise Medicine Room & Cardiac Rehab Program for kids & adolescents in Canada at SickKids Hospital. This program will witness individualized fitness, and capacity building in contributing to and enhancing the quality of life for individuals born with congenital heart issues. The Cardiac Health Foundation’s mission of ‘Prevention, Education & Cardiovascular Rehabilitation’ has gone full circle from supporting Dr. Terry Kavanagh’s pioneer work in establishing cardiac rehab for adults across the country to now working to support kids. Ironically, Dr Kavanagh’s first Exercise Lab was set up in 1968 - fast forward 50 years later and the Cardiac Health Foundation is instrumental in opening this new Exercise Medicine Room for children.

New Ontario Trillium Grant 2017-2018

The Ontario Trillium Foundation announces the approval of a $71,700 SEED grant to the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario CHEO for a project that will assist children with cardiomyopathy engage in a more active lifestyle through enhanced capacity for physical fitness & active living. more

From left to right: Archie Outar, Kevin Moncion & Patricia Longmuir CHEO, PA John Fraser MPP OS, Leo DelZotto President CHFC, Barbara Kennedy ED , Ian Gibson Secretary, Bruce Avery VP, Idilko Marshall Director

Advocacy Fact Sheet

Over 70,000 Ontarians are hospitalized each year for heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are a significant driver of healthcare costs with total annual CVD costs expected to rise to $28.3 billion in 2020, over 10% of the healthcare budget. These diseases share common risk factors that can be prevented and controlled by team‐based Cardiovascular Rehabilitation. ... READ MORE

Bike2Play Campaign – the Ride from Toronto to Muskoka September 23-24, 2017

Congratulations, Bike2Play raised $75,000 to be directed to the first Paediatric Exercise Medicine Room and cardiac rehab program for kids and adolescents at SickKids Hosiptal.


Enjoy the following video highlighting our WALK OF LIFE 2017

Irving Buchbinder - Top individual fundraiser for WALK OF LIFE 2017 & Overall Top Fundraising Champion

BMO Heart - BMO's Corporate Finance Division Real Estate Finance team was the TOP WALK OF LIFE Corporate Fundraising Team. Pictured: Phyllis Chan, Halim Chaccour. Drew Gardiner, Mike Beg - VP and Barbara Kennedy - Executive Director - Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. Missing: Victor Wong

Watch Heart Warrior - Isabella Rizzo’s video on her story and invitation to join the Bizzy Bees Team for Cardiac Kids at the WALK OF LIFE 2016.

Celebrating 50 years: The Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada History 1965 - 2015. Click here to download and watch the PowerPoint presentation (43 MB).

Board of Directors congratulates Dr. Terry Kavanagh at the special announcement of the Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Lab at U of T’s new Goldring Centre.
Pictured: Dr. Terry Kavanagh, Leo DelZotto (President), Morty Glickman, Barb Kennedy ( Executive Director), Ildiko Marshall, Harvey Fruitman, Adam Sorrenti, Carrie Lavack, Gina Pereira, & Dr. Jack Goodman.

Please watch this short video further highlighting the differences between women and men with respect to cardiac events.

Help others, Share your Story about your Heart Attack, Cardiac Event and or Congenital Heart Disease

Did you know that you can be helpful to others by sharing your story and the details of your recovery? Many individuals who have experienced a heart attack or who are struggling with heart disease including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy and or congenital heart disease have overcome incredible hurdles in managing and recovering from illnesses. Your stories are important in providing insight for others and in normalizing for many what may feel strange and or insurmountable.

In addition to sharing your stories for the benefit of others we also want to know:
How many of you completed cardiovascular rehabilitation and whether you could have used ongoing support in supporting your lifestyle change? We are interested in knowing the challenges and hurdles you are facing in engaging in fitness training, in eating balanced and healthy meals daily, in accessing new medications to manage your risk factors and other challenges you face on a day to day basis in your recovery. In 2016/2017 the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is also committed to ensuring that we act on behalf of individuals across Canada in advocating for access to services, medications and treatments that facilitate active recovery from cardiovascular and congenital heart disease in Canada. In assisting us with this role we need to hear about your concerns and the challenges you face in accessing appropriate services, medications and or treatments.

Send your stories and or your challenges to

John Sawdon
Public Education & Special Projects Director
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
901 Lawrence Avenue West Suite 306
Toronto, Ontario M6A 1C3

Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

The newly re-branded Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting cardiac rehabilitation and the advocacy of prevention and education across Canada.

Since 1965, $12.5 Million has been raised nationally for facilities, scholarships & research, patient & public awareness, professional education and medical equipment.

Walking & exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason WHY the National WALK OF LIFE campaign was started. more

Cardiac Rehab Facts

  • Initially designed to treat post heart attack & bypass patients, it now includes individuals with valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and pacemakers, PCI, non-debilitating stroke/TIA , congenital heart disease, diabetes and or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Has become PROACTIVE with an emphasis to educate and treat those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, family history, smoking, obesity and inactivity to reduce the likelihood of a cardiac event.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation is “the enhancement and maintenance of cardiovascular health through individualized programs designed to optimize physical, psychological, social, vocational, and emotional status. This process includes the facilitation and delivery of secondary prevention through heart hazard identification and modification in an effort to prevent disease progression and recurrence of cardiac events”

Honorary Chair of the WALK OF LIFE - John Stanton – Founder of the Running Room & The Walking Room
We have a remarkable Honorary Chair for the WALK OF LIFE 2011 - John Stanton - the founder of the Running Room & the Walking Room. John is a best selling Canadian author of eight books on running and a true advocate of WALKING and RUNNING.

He has received many national awards for his promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians and the prevention of risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. WALKING and exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason why the WALK OF LIfe was started 27 years ago.

Just as the WALK OF LIFE began with one WALK in Toronto and has expanded to over 40 centres nationally over the years, John Stanton's first Running Room began at one site out west and has expanded to over 100 locations across Canada and the United States. He has been featured as a guest on numerous television programs, newspapers across the country and served as the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Canada and is a member of the Order of Canada.


  • Click here to read testimonials from WALK OF LIFE participants, sponsors & volunteers !


If you have time to help out either at the walk of life or throughout the year, the cardiac health foundation always needs helpers. more

Click to see Magda Arent & Kevin Maly's student intern project on how they got involved..

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Diabetes and Heart Disease
Remember Diabetes is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease, Heart Attack and Early Mortality. If you are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic take our Risk Assessment to determine if you are at Risk. "Click Here"

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