Heart and Stroke Foundation launches fundraising campaign

Dave Stewart
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Jen Bogart struggles with her emotions when she recounts the stroke she suffered eight months ago.

The then 39-year-old Charlottetown resident remembers collapsing on her patio and being rushed to hospital by friends.

She wasn’t able to speak or move but her eyes were open the entire time and she remembers everything.

When she got to the hospital a physician administered the clot-busting drug tPA.

“It saved my life,’’ Bogart told The Guardian following a news conference on Wednesday in Charlottetown to launch a new fundraising project called Quarter Magic for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We’re going to raise funds to support awareness on educating Islanders on how to recognize the signs (of a stroke),’’ she said. “I got to the hospital on time.’’

Signs of Stroke


The Heart and Stroke Foundation launched the new fundraising initiative at Eastlink Centre on Wednesday. They’re calling it Quarter Magic. The goal is to break the existing Guinness world record for the longest line of coins, which now stands at 75.24 kilometres.

The campaign will wrap up on Nov. 22 at the Eastlink Centre with an official coin-laying attempt. In order to break the record, the foundation needs 3,382,808 quarters to create an 80 kilometre line of quarters.

And, with the help from those engaged in revenue-generating activities, they will raise $845,702 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s work to prevent disease, saves lives and promote recovery. Based on the Island’s current population of about 145,000, just $6 per resident will result in success.

Charlotte Comrie, foundation CEO, says it is absolutely vital people recognize the signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately.

“Getting to the hospital in a two- to three-hour window is vital so that appropriate tests can be done, it allows an individual experiencing (a stroke) to be eligible for a tPA which is the only known drug to limit signs of a stroke,’’ Comrie said. “It’s the only way we can mitigate against the devastating impact of stroke.’’

In P.E.I., approximately 350 strokes occur each year. At any given time, there are 800 stroke survivors in P.E.I., many of them living with varying degrees of disability.

The clot-busting drug tPA can be administered to people with ischemic stroke and minimize the damage but the window for receiving this medication is between three and four hours from the onset of symptoms.

In 2009, the provincial government began a four-year phased-in comprehensive stroke care program that, to date, has resulted in a 10-bed acute stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for interdisciplinary stroke care, a provincial ambulatory stroke rehabilitation clinic and two district ambulatory stroke rehabilitation teams and telestroke between provincial ambulatory stroke rehabilitation clinic in Charlottetown and district embulatory stroke rehabilitation team in Summerside.



Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation, Eastlink Centre, The Guardian Guinness Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside

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Recent comments

  • educated about health check
    May 29, 2014 - 21:07

    Actually health check does charge a fee for companies to participate which covers the cost of doing the testing to ensure that their products meet the health guidelines. The program is not a money maker for the foundation. If not for the Heart and Stroke foundation we would not have the clot busting drug TPA on PEI, a stroke unit or a stroke strategy. Jen Bogart is a perfect example of what Heart and Stroke has done for Islanders.

  • IBC
    May 29, 2014 - 12:35

    GOOD LUCK ; Sure is a neat way to raise funds.Now what will happen to the folk that live in rule PEI , when it takes about 1 hour to get an ambulances and an other hour to think about what is going on and then return to town .

  • Shirley
    May 29, 2014 - 07:32

    All the best with the fund raiser and I hope everyone who can give will. All the best to you Jen that this may not happen to you again I understand how scary this can be because our son suffered a TIA last week at the same age as you and also got the treatment in time to save him from a stroke.

    • Stroker
      May 29, 2014 - 12:35

      But what does the money go toward? Nothing that I can find. The national foundation also raises lots of money buy selling the Heart Healthy logo for foods. They don't do anything for people who have heart attack or stroke except provide a book. They don't help with meds, or with how to get help. No getting direction on how to access money for needed changes to your house. No travel help when you have to leave PEI to see doctors, etc.

    • +1 for Stroker
      May 29, 2014 - 13:17

      On the surface it seems like such a great idea to raise money to support a great cause. But Stroker is so right --- just where does this money go? If you want to get an idea of how this organization operates, go ahead and google "health check controversy".

    • Stroker is definitely right
      May 29, 2014 - 19:25

      Wasn't it just a few years ago the Heart & Stroke Assoc were found to be getting paid to put their stamp on foods and the foods were not as healthy as some without the stamp. Charities today are not in to help people as much as make themselves money, profit & big salaries. I've stopped giving except to really local things where I know 100% of the money goes to help.