Champion Triathlete Survives and Thrives



    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Stroke is the third leading cause of death in
Canada, behind heart disease and cancer. There are over 300,000 stroke
survivors in Canada, and every year another 50,000 join their ranks.
    Stroke Recovery Canada(TM), a program of March of Dimes Canada, provides
the resources needed to help stroke survivors, their families and caregivers,
"Survive and Thrive" after a stroke. Through this program, stroke survivors
across Canada have been able to more easily re-engage in their communities,
and affirm that there is meaningful and quality life after a stroke.
    "I have traveled the country and met hundreds of stroke thrivers, people
who do not let their disability mean an end to their dignity and
independence," says Kimberley Dowds, Associate Director of Stroke Recovery
Canada.
    Lorene Hatelt of Brampton, Ontario is one of the many Canadians who
exemplify thriving after surviving a left-brain aneurysm hemmorhage when she
was 9. An active child with a lifelong love of sports, she was left with a
weakened right side of her body. Lorene had to re-learn how to walk. Her
orthopaedic surgeon at the time told her mother that she would never run
again.
    Despite these dire predictions Lorene regained not only her ability to
run, but to also swim and bike at a champion level. Since 1998, Lorene has
been a member of Triathlon Canada's National team and is a seven-time
International Triathlon Union World Champion in the athlete with a disability
classification.
    In addition to working and training for competitions, Lorene is a
Certified Professional Trainer, holds clinics for beginner triathletes and is
currently working on her triathlon coaching certificate. In 2000, Lorene was
inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame.
    "You can do anything you set your mind to," says Lorene.

    Stroke Recovery Canada(TM), a program of March of Dimes Canada, is a
national service offering post-recovery support, education and programs for
stroke survivors, their families and health care providers. Through its work
with local peer support groups across the country, Stroke Recovery Canada(TM)
provides Canadians with the resources needed to help Canadians survive and
thrive after stroke.
    With May designated as Stroke Recovery Awareness Month, Stroke Recovery
Canada has increased its efforts to educate the public about stroke recovery.
    For information or to join Stroke Recovery Canada call 1-888-540-6666 or
visit the Stroke Recovery Canada website at www.strokerecoverycanada.com.

    March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization
providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and
caregivers across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Kimberley Dowds, Associate Director, National
Programs, March of Dimes Canada, 10 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1A4, Phone:
(416) 425-3463 ext. 7211, Toll Free: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7211, Cell: (647)
294-4123, Fax: (416) 425-1920, kdowds@dimes.on.ca, www.marchofdimes.ca


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