“Weather stopping us! Never!” said Earl Nesbitt, one of the main organizers of the 2015 Iroquois Legion, branch 370, Darts 4 Hearts Tournament, held at the Legion on Saturday, February 14.
Despite some serious Valentine’s Day blizzard-like snow, 52 players came out for the event, and helped raise $1,767 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. While the numbers were down a little, players thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, organized by Earl and Randy Nesbitt.
Prizes for the Heart & Stroke players were very generously donated from many area businesses, “from Brockville to Ingleside to Winchester,” said Earl.
Cindy Rowe, area manager of the Heart & Stroke Foundation was on hand to receive the cheque.
“We really rely on events like this,” Rowe said. “February is Heart and Stroke month, and an annual event like Darts 4 Hearts really helps create awareness, and in the process, ensures that there will be more survivors.”
The work of Heart and Stroke is ongoing, Rowe pointed out. Stents, improved drugs, pace makers, all of these aids for those stricken with heart related problems, are the direct result of intensive research, research that is often supported by events like Darts 4 Hearts.
“We are seeing an increase in research into women’s heart and stroke issues,” Rowe said. “Women’s problems are often different from men’s. There are also many younger people having strokes, so we want to get the word out about proper diet and exercise. Along with programs like Jump Rope 4 Heart, we try to get educational activities into our schools.”
Cindy Rowe is joined, in the photo, by branch 370 president, Ralph Martin. Martin is himself a triple bypass survivor, from exactly one year ago.