In September 2017, Sergeant Pete Viol of the Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) embarked on his third long distance cycling journey, riding self-supported from Vancouver to Waterloo Region, a distance of approximately 4,300 km.
The goal of Pete’s tour was to help build awareness of women’s cardiac issues and raise funds for patient care equipment in the Heart Rhythm Program at St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.
Raising awareness for women’s cardiac disease has a special meaning to Pete. In 1983, Pete’s 20 year old wife Monique died of complications following a heart transplant. According to Pete “the memory of that time will always be with me. I hope that through the Canadian Heartbeat Tour, I can build awareness of women’s cardiac disease and help avert similar tragedies in other families.”
Sadly cardiac disease continues to be the leading cause of death in Canadian women. Only 1 in 5 women consider heart disease to be a health threat, but the fact is 1 in 3 women die from heart disease each year.
Pete completed his journey home on Saturday September 30, arriving to a warm welcome of over 300 at St. Mary’s Hike for Heart at Laurel Creek Conservation Area.
Pete’s Canadian Heartbeat Tour raised an incredible $30,650 for cardiac care.
We can’t thank you enough Pete!