Waterloo Regional Police Officer Set to Ride Across Canada to Raise Funds for St. Mary’s General Hospital

Waterloo Region, Ontario – On August 26, 2017, Waterloo Regional Police Sergeant Peter Viol will begin a 4,300-kilometre trek across Canada to raise funds for the Regional Cardiac Care Centre at St. Mary’s General Hospital.

The self-supported Heartbeat Tour will see Sergeant Viol cycle from Vancouver to Waterloo Region, a ride to commemorate the passing of his late wife, Monique, who died from complications following a heart transplant in 1983. She was 20 years old.

“I know Monique would support this ride because she wouldn’t want to see other families going through what she went through,” said Sergeant Viol. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, not only to give her death a purpose, but to raise awareness of the importance of cardiac care for women.”

To date, Sergeant Viol has raised more than $23,000. His 2017 goal is $30,000.

Sergeant Viol is no stranger to long-distance cycling journeys. In 2015, he competed in the 4,440 km Tour Divde, which runs from Banff, Alberta to the U.S. Mexican border. During this tour, he cycled from Banff, Alberta to Gunnison, Colorado. In 2016, he completed the Chowder Tour, another self-supported ride from St. John’s, N.L., to Ottawa. Both events raised more than $30,000 for health care in Waterloo Region.

Heart disease continues to be one of the most serious health issues facing Canadian women. Every year, heart disease claims the life of roughly 23,000 women, which is more than the five most prevalent cancers combined. Yet, surprisingly, many women are still unaware they are at risk.

“St. Mary’s is very grateful for Sergeant Viol’s heartfelt display of support for cardiac care and the generous contributions of his sponsors,” said Susan Dusick, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. “As the primary cardiac service provider for Waterloo Region and beyond, St. Mary’s Cardiac Care Centre provides this service to a population of over 1 million. Funds donated to Pete’s Heartbeat Tour will be directed to purchase medical equipment, which is vital to delivering this life-saving care.”

Sergeant Peter Viol will complete his journey at the end of September and will participate in the St. Mary’s Hike for Heart at Laurel Creek Conservation Area on September 30, 2017.

To donate to his ride visit: http://www.supportstmarys.ca/petes-ride-2017/

Media Inquiries:
Cherri Greeno, Media Relations Coordinator
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Cherri.Greeno@wrps.on.ca (519) 650-8500 ext. 8773

Amy Hazelwood, Marketing & Communications Director
St. Mary’s General Hospital
adean@supportstmarys.ca (519) 749-6539

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