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Honouring a mother’s life with a legacy gift


If you’re like most people in Canada, you have a personal connection to heart disease and stroke. And you’ve seen how devastating these diseases can be.

Yves Savoie has experienced this firsthand. He’s lost several relatives to heart disease. Sadly, he watched his mother suffer through her remaining days after a major stroke. Losing her is the main reason why he accepted the position of CEO of Heart & Stroke — and why he chose to honour her life with a gift in his Will.

This short video captures his dedication to funding heart and stroke research. Please take a moment to watch it.

Heart & Stroke CEO Yves Savoie shares how losing his mother Madeleine inspired him to leave a legacy gift in her honour.

A mother’s inspiration

Yves's beloved mother, Madeleine was paralyzed for years after a major stroke. 

She was a pediatric nurse who spent much of her life trying to reduce the suffering of others. A caretaker and an inspiration. That's why it's so tragic that her last few years were so painful.

Her death inspired Yves to leave a legacy gift in her honour. Have you ever considered leaving a gift in your Will to fight heart disease and stroke? You’ll help fund research breakthroughs that can save the lives of your neighbours, your friends and maybe even your family.

There are many people living healthy lives today because of donor-funded life-saving research. One in five dollars donated to the Heart and Stoke Foundation comes from a gift in a Will. These special gifts are bringing hope to families across Canada.

<p>Yves carries this photo around with him. His father, holding his mother’s hand, in her final days. It’s a reminder of love and loss, and how we all must care for each other.</p>

Yves carries this photo around with him. His father, holding his mother’s hand, in her final days. It’s a reminder of love and loss, and how we all must care for each other.

Get more information about leaving a legacy gift. Read Irfhan's story.