Dozens of cyclists will saddle up at 6 a.m. Saturday for a gruelling ride to ascend all three of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains in one day — all to raise money for families dealing with childhood cardiac disease.
It will be the third annual Triple Crown for Heart charity event.
The organizer of the event is B.C. Children’s Hospital cardiac nurse Marie Campbell.
"The three mountains of the North Shore are much like a heart beat looks on one of our monitors...that's where the idea came from," said Campbell.
The fundraiser started modestly three years ago with just 13 racers who raised $2,200. This year, Campbell expects 100 cyclists.
"It makes me feel great. I didn't realize it was going to get this big.”
Many of the racers who take on Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains are fellow hospital staff, she said.
The funds will go to providing practical help to families, such as financial support for transportation, specialized medical equipment, and meals
The money also pays for this upkeep of a hospital garden, a refuge for parents whose children are in treatment.
And parents of the young patients are hugely thankful for efforts Campbell and other staffers are making in support of their ailing kids.
Harmen Hundal was born with only one of her four heart chambers pumping blood. Her mother, Jasbir Hundal, begged medical staff to save her.
“All I kept asking doctors was, ‘Will my daughter survive, will she be okay?’”
Harmen underwent a series of surgeries and today is happy and healthy.
"They fixed her heart, that was the greatest gift I ever had on my birthday, that day Children's Hospital fixed her heart."
A website and Facebook page has been set up for anyone who'd like to contribute or take part in the effort.
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