Why we fundraise

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is dedicated to helping all Canadians live longer, fuller, healthier lives. But, despite 60 years of progress, heart disease and stroke remains leading causes of death and hospitalization in Canada.
Here are the facts:

  • More than 1.6 million Canadians are living with the effects of heart disease and stroke.
  • 9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • The average Canadian will spend their last 10 years in sickness due to heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions.
  • There are nearly 50,000 strokes each year, many of which are preventable with a healthy lifestyle.


The Heart and Stroke Foundation supports nearly 1,500 researchers across Canada. In 2013, we invested over $90 million dollars into research, health promotion, and advocacy to improve the health of Canadians.

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