Cyclists to climb Seymour, Grouse and Cypress
July 11, 2016 - Vancouver, BC – On July 16, over 150 cyclists will literally and figuratively be climbing mountains for children born with congenital heart disease. The seventh annual Triple Crown for Heart ride will have participants cycle to raise funds for children being treated for heart conditions 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, 18-year-old heart patient Samantha (Sam) Armstrong will help kick off the ride by sharing her experience of living with a congenital heart defect. Sam was diagnosed with a rare heart defect at birth, and underwent a major surgical heart repair eight years ago.
“The cardiology team at BC Children’s Hospital has been looking after my heart health my entire life,” says Sam. “Speaking to the cyclists participating in the Triple Crown for Heart, and inspiring them in their journey to support the cardiology team, is wonderful way to say thank you to the hospital that has been my second home.”
The event is organized by volunteers, including nurse, Marie Campbell. “I have worked with cardiac patients and families for two decades and have seen first-hand how funding through this event has made an impact on the care we can provide.” says Campbell. “With an incredible mountain range right here at our doorstep, the 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 $25,000 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.triplecrownforheart.ca. The ride starts at 8am on Saturday, July 16 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.triplecrownforheart.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.
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