Happy Friday!


The numbers are in and I am VERY excited to share with each of you how successful our Heart Month 2016 was!



Together, you raised a grand total of:




There are simply no words to write that can convey how incredibly fantastic this number is, or how many survivors it translates to. I am so grateful to have had such a fabulous team of dedicated, committed and supportive (not to mention FUN) people to work with this year, you guys really are the very best of the best! I am honoured and feel blessed beyond measure to be a part of a team of individuals that continually go above and beyond to not just ensure the success of these events, but who are also deeply committed to the cause. Whether it was through creating or hosting an event, volunteering, registering, participating, donating, promoting, advertising or through any other way – you have each played a very important role in the success of Heart Month 2016!


Again thank you, each and every one of you. I have included a story below, Owen's Story is just one more example of how the funds you help raise Create Survivors.



Owen's story is why we do, what we do:


He needed one more heart surgery to make it to his sixth birthday.


Owen is a survivor and was born with HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome). It's a condition where the left side of his heart is too small to pump blood and oxygen through his body.

There are only two ways for HLHS patients like Owen to survive. One is a three-staged surgical procedure that happens over the course of several years during childhood. The other is a heart transplant.


July 2, 2008 –

At only 7 days old, Owen endures his first cardiac arrest and is rushed for emergency surgery.
The next day Owen suffered a stroke.

In his six short years, Owen has been through more than many of us can imagine. After his final surgery this past January, he was strong enough to play in the snow for the first time in his life.



February 7, 2015

Owen makes his first snow angel. Because his body couldn't regulate temperature, Owen had never been able to play outside in the cold or heat. Way to go, Owen!



Owen's family is forever grateful to Dr. Christopher Caldarone, cardiac surgeon and Heart and Stroke Foundation funded researcher, who saved Owen's life several times. Dr. Caldarone is currently leading a team of researchers to find what form of surgery for HLHS offers the best chance to save babies lives and prevent any damage to the brain or body.

"That one donation could be the one that funds the next lifesaving treatment. You don't know what penny is the one that will tip it to be just enough–enough to save a child's life."~ Owen's mother, Laura

Thirty years ago kids like Owen didn't survive!

Every heart counts.

Thanks for your support.

nd finally, in case anyone missed it, check out this story on Castanet. It absolutely made my day, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




I would like to say an additional thank you to each and every one of you, I am so very grateful for all of the work you do for The Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Because of the work you do, your commitment and your support – 1000's of our survivors will be spending this weekend with their families,

celebrating life and enjoying their second chance at it.

Happy Mother's day to those of you who are Mother's, and wishing those of you who are not, a wonderful weekend full of fun in the sun!


Lisa Verity






Congratulations to Jeanette Rolston, winner of our dinner for 2 at Terra Restaurant