Outrunning a history of heart disease

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Knowing he has a family history of heart disease, Howard Gaskin has been active all his life and started running regularly over 20 years ago.

Unfortunately, his genetics caught up with him as he crossed the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon in October 2015. Following intensive care and surgery to unblock an artery, he was refered to Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program to take back his life.

Read more about Howard’s road to recovery

He is grateful for the experience, knowledge and guidence of his Cardiac Rehab team that has given him to tools to safely resume running and head back to the Marathon circuit.

In fact, on Monday, April 15th Howard successfully completed the Boston Marathon and dedicated his run, and fundraising proceeds, to Toronto Rehab. He conquered the pavement with the help of his supporters whose names he wrote on a special Team “I Will.” race jersey.

“I am thrilled to have all of you running Boston with me and will draw tremendous inspiration running this legendary course with your names on my race jersey!” said Howard prior to the race.

A a member of Team “I Will.”, Howard will once again raise funds for Toronto Rehab at on October 20, 2019 at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Learn more about upcoming events in support of Toronto Rehab 

By pledging your support of grateful patients such as Howard, or by joining us at our fundraising events, you are helping to make incredible happen for the many people who receive innovative care and rely on Toronto Rehab to give them back their life.

In Photo (contributed): Howard Gaskin at the Boston Marathon with members of his family.