February 2013

Hello Everyone! We are almost ready to open registration for Gabrielle's Ride 2013!

Last July, Gabrielle's Ride welcomed guests of all ages for an inaugural event. Participants rose to the occasion in support of children, like Gabrielle, who face the challenges of congenital heart disease and pediatric stroke. Together we exceeded all of our goals and raised over $75,000 for the SickKids Foundation - where pediatric stroke research first took root and where 85% of pediatric heart surgeries in Ontario are performed.

Fundraising dollars will support the World's First Cardio-Embolic Symposium! This means that, for the first time, pediatric cardiologists and pediatric stroke neurologists will join in a discussion about how their individual specialties interact and impact their little patients. The experts at SickKids Hospital are already planning this ground-breaking event that will have local, national and international impact. Thank you for making this possible!

We hope you will join us again to participate in Gabrielle's Ride 2013, taking place on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. We will soon announce our exciting initiatives for this year's fundraising dollars - we can't wait to share them with you!

Gabrielle's Ride 2013 Kick Off Event will be held at Fionn MacCools in Oakville on Thursday, March 28th at 7pm. Tickets are only $20 and include an appetizer, ticket for the door prize, live entertainment and registration for Gabrielle's Ride 2013! We will also be hosting a silent auction. All funds raised will be used to support Gabrielle's Ride 2013.

Registering to participate, along with fundraising will be quick and easy when you access our website. The online site is safe and secure and donors automatically receive their tax receipts for their online pledge donations directly from the SickKids Foundation. You can easily email your personal page to everyone in your email contact list and watch as your fundraising rises! Don't forget to share your involvement with your friends through FaceBook and Twitter.

February is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month. As a special acknowledgement, we will be launching our updated website and the official opening of Gabrielle's Ride 2013 Registration! Be sure to visit www.gabriellesride.com, invite all your friends, register right away and get an early start on your fundraising!

Should you have any questions please email us at info@gabriellesride.com or call Nikki Ide, Gabrielle's mom and Race Director at 416-726-8540.

Sincerely,

Nikki Ide, Rita Durdos and John Holman
Board of Directors
Gabrielle's Ride