Ironman does it again, with a special dedication

It is more important than ever before to raise money and awareness for heart and stroke patients.

It can come so suddenly and you can’t predict it. Guy Desmarais’s life was changed forever after he suffered a stroke in October 2012.  This, and many more reasons, is why we do what we do year after year. The Ironman Outdoor Curling’s 13th bonspiel is scheduled for February 7, 8, and 9, 2014 at the historic Forks, and we need to make it our best year yet.

While we cannot predict when someone will have a stroke, we can however raise awareness and help others prevent a devastating neurological disease – recovering from a stroke takes time, something Mr. Desmarais knows all too well.

“He’s recovering well,” says Jeannette Desmarais, “however, it is a slow process, he’s had to learn to talk again.”

Year after year, the committee’s goals are to raise as much money as possible, but it takes more than money – it takes awareness. The goal for 2014 is to have 56 teams registered to play a guaranteed three games on the Assiniboine River. Victims of heart and stroke, and their families, need the resources that only the foundation can provide.

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation came to introduce themselves to us while Guy was in the hospital.  They provided us with guidance and information to help us cope with our new normal,” continues Jeannette, “The resources they provided were especially helpful regarding the recovery process and what a family can expect during recovery as well as what is available to us during the process.”

This Winnipeg Winter Curling Classic is made possible every year by volunteer committee members who dedicate their time and energy to an important cause that affects many. Please visit the website,, for more information.

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Lynne Roy
Media Relations Coordinator, Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel

*The family has asked not to be contacted, please contact the media coordinator for any interview requests.