Back about eight years ago, I suffered a heart attack. After tons of testing, they sent me for an angiogram and discovered that I had three extremely blocked arteries in the front of my heart that were causing the problem. They performed a triple bypass, following which I spent six days in the hospital and went home. I was back to work after three months. I was back to Bruce Trail hiking by then and I’ve passed my stress test every year with flying colours.

My father had the same situation back in the ‘seventies, when bypasses were still in their early days. He spent three weeks in the hospital and never was able to to his job even when he went back to work, so he had to take an early retirement. He was always short of breath following that.

The difference? About thirty years of research and perfecting heart surgery, possible in part because of fund raisers like the Big Bike Challenge.

I’m riding with the the City Hall team on Wednesday, July 8 at Merrittville Speedway to help raise funds for the research that saved my life. Please sponsor me by going to Tony’s Big Bike Ride and making a donation in my name on the team. Thank you to all who help out.

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