Bible Hill woman participating in heart and stroke campaign to honour mothers passing

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia has launched its first winter walking challenge.
February is Heart Month and, despite the cold winter chill, Nova Scotians are asked to bundle up, enjoy a walk and contribute to life-saving research.
The foundation is asking people to participate in its Walkabout door-to-door campaign.
Bible Hill's Susan Thompson-Mahar will be participating. She wants to do something to honour her mother's passing and continue her legacy of community
volunteering.
"My mother was a heart and stroke volunteer for many years. I have also lost several uncles to heart disease and my husband has a heart condition called Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome," said Thompson-Mahar.
Walkabout is an initiative Thompson-Mahar will participate in.
"Until now, exercise to me was walking to my car from my front door and back," she said. "I quit smoking on Saturday, Jan. 23 and needed something to do with my spare energy and time."
In 2009, Thompson-Mahar canvassed for the foundation's annual Heart Month campaign. She said the event is worthwhile not only for fundraising but it offers the opportunity to get to know community members.
"... It got me out around my neighbourhood, gave me the opportunity to meet some neighbours for the first time and a chance to stop and have coffee with others."
To learn more about this month's special activities visit www.heartandstroke.ns.ca.

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

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