I'm excited to be joining thousands of walkers and runners across Canada in the first ever virtual Run for Women, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ program raising help for women’s mental health programs at Women's College Hospital.
As many of us are experiencing, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on our mental health. Two months ago, my mother had to go to hospital due to a fall and though there were no serious repercussions for her health, at the time she was isolated, felt depressed, confused and afraid (as we were at home, trying to keep track of what was happening to her day to day). I experienced personally just a fraction of the anguish and worry felt by Canadians for their senior loved ones due to this pandemic. During this time I thought back to W4W in March of 2020. I remembered listening to Dr. Paula Rochon talk about the lack of geriatric specialists and the stunning lack of research into senior women's health including in the area of pharmaceuticals. This personal experience brought that all together for me (I am a senior women too) and reinforced my commitment to the work being done at Women's College. I want to do more, so please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to women’s mental health programs in our community.