Cyclists climb Seymour in Triple Crown for Heart ride
Cyclists to climb Seymour, Grouse and Cypress in support of Children with Heart Disease
July 14, 2015 - Vancouver, BC – On July 18 over 150 cyclists will tax their muscles, and their hearts, as they participate in the sixth annual Triple Crown for Heart ride to raise money for children being treated for heart disease at BC Children’s Hospital. The “triple crown” is achieved by pedaling up each of Seymour, Grouse and Cypress mountains – a distance of over 91 kilometres, with 2,000 metres of climbing.
This year, at least one participant is riding for a cause that’s exceptionally close to his heart – his daughter. Shaun Carpenter’s daughter Avery underwent surgery at BC Children’s Hospital for a potentially fatal condition.
“Volunteering for and participating in the Triple Crown for Heart each year is one way to say thank you to the amazing team who supported us and continue to support other families on their heart journeys,” says Carpenter.
The event is organized by volunteers, including a BC Children’s cardiac nurse, Marie Campbell. “We’re fortunate to have this epic cycling challenge in our back yards,” says Campbell. “And Triple Crown for Heart is a great opportunity to tackle the ride in a friendly, non-competitive environment. The riders are like one big team with a common goal: helping BC’s kids.”
Organizers hope to raise $35,000 to support families and patients coming to the Specialty Medical and Cardiac Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. Last year 120 riders raised $23,000 money that Campbell says has a direct impact on children. “In previous years we’ve used the money to help families with some of the small incidental costs associated with their child’s treatment, care packages for families who arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and medical equipment,” she says. “We rely on volunteers to help with the event and keep the costs to a minimum so that as much money as possible goes to help the kids.”
Participants can register online at www.triplecrownfor heart.ca. The ride starts at 8am on Saturday, July 18 at the Ron Andrews Recreation Centre in North Vancouver. Riders will take roughly three to six hours to complete the ride, which will take them to the bases of each of Seymour, Grouse and Cypress. There are food and water stops along the way and riders are accompanied by support vehicles providing mechanical assistance and medical care.
For more information visit www.triplecrownfor heart.ca
About BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.
For more information or to speak with Shaun Carpenter, contact:
Event information: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation information:
Marie Campbell Stephen Forgacs
Mobile: 604.657.6346 Director, Communications
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