Thank you so very, very much. Without all the support I got from you, I would never have made it through my 5th Annual 24 Hour Walk For Heart And Stroke.
I can’t repeat it enough.
Thank you to the incredible staff at Movati Athletic – especially my trainer James who helped get me through the overnight portion which is the hardest. They were always there whenever I needed anything, even just some encouragement. I can’t stress enough what a special place it is and how lucky I am to do my walk there. I couldn’t imagine doing the walk anywhere else.
Thank you to Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovich, WRPS Chief Bryan Larkin, Dr. Anil Maheshwari and MP Marwan Tabbara for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and walk with me.
Thank you to Cheryl Forsyth and her staff at the Heart and Stroke Foundation for all the support and the great work they do.
Thank you to Beat listener Adam Terrenzio and his son Luca and daughter Mia for raising $740 and for performing a live version Pour Some Ice On My Feet (done to the tune of Pour Some Sugar On Me) live to keep me going down the home stretch. Their performance has become a tradition and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face as they played …
To the great team at The Beat for making this happen. It takes a lot to get the show on the road and sounding great and I have so many talented passionate co-workers to thank. From my Beat Breakfast co-hosts Dave and Laura – the best co-hosts a guy could have – to Elle, Rob, Kendra, Natasha, Davey P to Simon and Dylan who held down the fort and the technical end. I can’t forget promo superstar Jonah for all the organization and Dave Hiltz and Johnny Q for all the great work on the 500 miles song you may have heard throughout my walk.
Thank you to Nathan, Kathleen and Kathryn who shared their survivor stories.
Thank you to my friends and family who stopped by and my girlfriend checked in throughout my walk, came by four times, walked with me, helped me prepare my meals and generally put up with me as I got ready for the walk.
And finally thank you Beat listeners for all your support, you messages that kept me going, the donations – more on that in a minute – and the kids who dipped into the piggy banks to make a donation. You were all there to help get me through when the pain started and the fatigue set in. I am humbled, honoured and truly blessed …
The final totals …
$10, 221.95 (and counting) Huge thanks to Capsule Factory for taking us over that $10,00 goal on Friday just after 8:30am.
Again, the reason I did it all was to raise money and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Money raised will now go to Heart and Stroke Foundation researchers, to help many people live longer, fuller lives. If you haven’t had a chance to, and want to want to add to that total, you can donate to the 24 Hour Walk for the Heart and Stroke Foundation you can do that right here.
And maybe, just maybe by walking on a treadmill for 24 hours I inspired you to get active and take steps to a healthier life. It’s possible and it just takes a little commitment. Donations make it possible for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery, helping more Canadians live longer, fuller lives.
If you want to get active and need some guidance and help, go and meet the great staff at Movati Athletic, take a tour or contact them and find out more about their programs here. They’re wonderful and will help you with whatever level you’re at.
Finally, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it, no matter what it is. Yes, it’s a bit cliche, but it’s also the truth. You can do anything you set your mind to. I did just that, and so can you.