ALLISTON - The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike For Heart makes an annual appearance at the Alliston Potato Festival and its riders help raise money to fight some of Canada's most deadly diseases.
This year riders got an added bit of motivation though. Beeton resident Nicole Fournier was only eight years old when she suffered a stroke. Yet six years later, and after a lot of hard work, Nicole is able to stand up in front of groups like the Potato Festival riders and tell her story.
"Strokes don't just happen to adults," said Nicole, now 14.
It's something her father had never considered, but learned all to quickly on Canada Day in 2004. Nicole had been a very active child, competing in several sports, including swimming. She had no prior medical conditions. Her father was watching her swim in a pool in Bolton when the stroke hit...Next