Ridgeway resident is co-hosting hospital fundraiser

Strides for the General 2016- Photo by Glen Cuthbert

Gerry Everett had no idea that her very life was in danger. The resident of Ridgeway found herself frequently out of breath and exhausted. Her doctor told her she had asthma and prescribed an inhaler, but it did not help.

She was transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, home to the leading Cardiac Surgery Program in Ontario, where it was found that she was suffering from both an irregular heart rhythm and tachycardia, which is an unusually fast heartbeat. The combination of the two heart conditions was particularly dangerous and made each condition difficult to diagnose. She was fitted with a defibrillator, which she credits for saving her life.

“Without the proper diagnosis and the defibrillator, I probably wouldn’t be alive today,” says Gerry. “I’m feeling good nowadays thanks to the wonderful care I received.”

Gerry Everett of Ridgeway is giving back, fundraising for the Hamilton General Hospital Foundation as a co-host for Strides for The General.

Grateful for the level of care she received, Geraldine decided to give back and fundraise in support of Hamilton General Hospital Foundation by co-hosting the upcoming Strides for The General, along with three other Patient Ambassadors from across the region.

Hamilton General Hospital Foundation’s seventh annual Strides for The General, presented by Medtronic, will be held on Saturday, September 16 at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. The event features a 5K walk, timed 5K and 10K runs, complimentary breakfast and lunch, live music, participant medals, swag bags and prizes for top fundraisers and finishers. All proceeds will support Hamilton General Hospital and the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.

Thanks to the tremendous support of participants and event sponsors, proceeds from Strides for The General have enabled the purchase of nearly 40 pieces of essential equipment, directly benefiting patients today. As a leading teaching hospital, it is also important to ensure that the latest equipment is available for the education of future medical practitioners.

Building on last year’s success, the event has set a goal to attract more than 700 registrants and raise a minimum of $150,000. Both individuals and teams are encouraged to participate in the event. A

To register and fundraise, or to read the remarkable stories of the other Patient Ambassadors, visit: hamiltonhealth.ca/strides.

Note: Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Those wishing to sponsor or donate prizes may contact Tamara Pope at 905-521-2100 ext. 43744 or popetamara@hhsc.ca.

Source – Hamilton General Hospital Foundation press release




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