Let’s talk about your mom’s heart health this Mother’s Day

 

By Jolene Perron

 

The Heart and Stoke Foundation has teamed up with a local flower shop to help raise awareness for women’s heart health.

“Every year, heart disease and stroke cut short or profoundly change too many lives in Canada,” Holly Kirk McLean, Heart and Stroke Area Manager wrote in a letter to Susan Hadfield, owner of Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts. “Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation help to fund breakthrough research and health promotion initiatives that improve the lives of all Canadians.”

Owner of Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts, Susan Hadfield has teamed up with The Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money and awareness for women’s heart health through the  purchase of one of these three flower arrangements, from now until the end of May. (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

Owner of Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts, Susan Hadfield has teamed up with The Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money and awareness for women’s heart health through the purchase of one of these three flower arrangements, from now until the end of May. (RTT Photo by Jolene Perron)

Kirk McLean went on to explain in her letter that heart disease among women is on the rise. More than all cancers combined, Kirk McLean wrote heart disease around the globe is now the number one killer of women over 35. With Mother’s Day around the corner, The Heart and Stroke foundation reached out to Hadfield to discuss the possibility of combining efforts to create a Mother’s Day Themed fundraiser.

“It’s a pretty passionate issue,” said Hadfield. “I lost my grandmother. She had multiple strokes leading up to a heart attack. My father had a heart attack a year and a half ago and obviously that’s a risk in our family. It’s such a reality in our world now-a-days that as soon as I saw it, I thought this was something I’d like to get on board with and it’s for a great cause.”

For seven years, Hadfield has owned Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts, which was formally Jimmy’s Flowers. The full service flower shop does everything from weddings to funerals, and anything in between. Hadfield explained being a small business in Amherstburg she wants to show her support for the community, by raising awareness for a cause that very few people are not affected by.

For Mother’s Day, Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts is offering a dozen carnations for $29.95 of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. A mixed wrap for $40, of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. And also a dozen roses arranged in a vase for $54.95 and $10 of that will go back to the heart and stroke. These arrangements can be purchased now until the end of May. [Photo by Jolene Perron]

For Mother’s Day, Amherstburg Flowers and Gifts is offering a dozen carnations for $29.95 of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. A mixed wrap for $40, of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. And also a dozen roses arranged in a vase for $54.95 and $10 of that will go back to the heart and stroke. These arrangements can be purchased now until the end of May.
[Photo by Jolene Perron]


Kirk McLean explained the business is not only helping the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise life-saving dollars for research, but is also making the topic more conversational, and is helping to raise awareness. After all, Kirk McLean explains up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through lifestyle choices that can reduce key factors.

“As a mother of two busy boys I know that I have not always taken the time to take care of myself, I put my family first,” said Kirk McLean. “I have worked hard in the last few months to make the lifestyle changes that I know will help my heart health because I am a statistic. My grandfather Kirk died at 39 of a massive heart attack and my grandmother Kirk did as well years later. My grandfather on my mother’s side suffered a stroke and later died of a heart attack.  That means I am twice as likely to have a heart attack.  However, if I make the modifications necessary to improve my heart health that does not have to be my fate. What I am pleased to see happening right now is the research that is being supported to better understand the difference in how heart attacks present in women than they do in men. We do not always experience the traditional physical symptoms that a man does so to be able to educate women on the difference as well as medical professionals it will save lives, maybe even my own.”

Hadfield has decided to offer three different arrangements: a dozen carnations for $29.95 of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. A mixed wrap for $40, of which $5 will go to the heart and stroke. And also a dozen roses arranged in a vase for $54.95 and $10 of that will go back to the heart and stroke.

The fundraiser will be going on from now until the end of May.

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