• Brooke Henderson
    LPGA Tour professional Brooke Henderson is a CP ambassador for the CP Women’s Open.
    The Canadian prodigy, born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, has nine wins on the LPGA Tour, including the 2018 CP Women’s Open. Henderson is also a graduate of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Squad and Young Pro Squad supported by CP, which marked the beginning of her relationship with the railway.
    In June of 2019, when Henderson claimed her 9th LPGA Tour win, she set a Canadian record for most wins on either the PGA or LPGA Tours.
    She was named “Best Female Golfer” at the 2019 ESPY’s and was named the Canadian Press Bobbie Rosenfeld Award on two occasions; named Ottawa’s The Athletic Person of the Year; and awarded Postmedia’s Female Athlete of the Year, among many other awards.
  • Lorie Kane
    LPGA Tour professional Lorie Kane has triumphed on the golf course, represented Canada and is recognized as a leader for the sport.

    As a CP Ambassador, she embodies our ongoing support of women’s golf through the CP Women’s Open, and helps us elevate CP Has Heart as we continue to raise money and awareness for heart health.

    Highlights of her career include 4 LPGA Tour victories, 99 LPGA Tour top-10 finishes and close to $7 million in career earnings. She has represented Canada internationally, including appearances at the Commonwealth Games, through the Canadian World Amateur Team and at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

    2016 Inductee of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

    Presented by Golf Canada to celebrate and honour the most significant contributors to the development and success of the game of golf in Canada.

    Winner of the Heather Farr Player Award

    Bestowed upon the player the LPGA Tour decides best demonstrates determination, perseverance, and spirit through hard work, dedication, and a the love of the game.

    William and Mousie Powell Award

    Presented by the LPGA Tour to the golfer whose behavior and deeds best exemplify the spirit, ideals, and values of the LPGA.

    Member of the Order of Canada

    The second highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada.

  • Nicole Zhai (2021 charity ambassador)
    BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, BC.

    When Nicole was born, parents Robert and Rosa were assured that she was a happy and healthy baby. But, after about 6 months, they noticed Nicole was coughing more than usual. Soon, she became prone to regular sickness.

    At one year old, Nicole was battling bouts of pneumonia. Robert and Rosa took their daughter to Richmond Hospital for an x-ray—something didn’t look right with her heart and lungs, the pediatrician told them. Nicole was then referred to BC Children’s for a closer look with Dr. Sanatani, where she underwent an ultrasound, MRI, and CT scan.

    The diagnosis was frightening for Robert and Rosa. They were told that Nicole had a rare congenital heart condition called Scimitar syndrome that was affecting both her heart and her lungs—and it could only be corrected through open heart surgery. Proceeding with the surgery was a difficult decision. After six months of deliberating, Robert and Rosa decided to proceed. The family recalls the moment Nicole woke up from the surgery smiling.

    Today, Nicole is still smiling. She is eleven years old and very active. In particular, she is passionate about golf. The family is grateful for the care she received with Dr. Sanatani, emphasizing the warmth and kindness of his team. Nicole even donates monthly to BC Children’s. With her positive attitude and excitement for life, Robert and Rosa can’t wait to see what Nicole will accomplish in her bright future.

  • Kyle Hayhoe (2019 charity ambassador)
    SickKids Foundation. Toronto, ON

    On September 14, 2002, when he was only seven weeks old, Kyle’s mother, Wendy, took him to the pediatrician for what she believed to be a respiratory virus. He was then referred to a cardiologist in his local community who was so alarmed about Kyle’s heart function that he accompanied Kyle’s parents from his office in Barrie, all the way to SickKids.

    SickKids was ready and waiting for him and he was admitted immediately. Kyle was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM).In this condition, the heart muscle is thickened (hypertrophic) which can make it difficult for an efficient amount of blood to flow into and out of the heart. His condition was so fragile and his heart function so compromised that the team determined that his only hope for survival would be a heart transplant.

    Kyle remained in SickKids for several days, was stabilized with medication then permitted to go home with his family while waiting for a donor organ. After 4 months of waiting, his condition deteriorated suddenly and rapidly and he required resuscitation and was emergency airlifted to Toronto. Remarkably the next day a donor heart was available for him and he underwent heart transplantation surgery.

    The transplant surgery was successful but Kyle’s medical journey was far from complete. The poor heart function he experienced prior to transplant caused damage to his kidneys. The procedures he underwent on his heart also caused lung damage. He does breathing treatments twice a day and requires inhaled antibiotics to protect his remaining lung function. Kyle remains under the close monitoring of the heart transplant, respiratory and nephrology teams at SickKids and is a regular visitor to the hospital.

    Today Kyle is in high school and enjoys many sports including: golf, hockey and snowboarding. He is on his school’s Student Council, and in his spare time loves to play the drums, dirt bike and study tech and mechanical innovations. He’s a fun-loving, people person, who is determined to spread positivity to everyone he meets.

  • Ben Fizzard (2018 charity ambassador)
    Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. Regina, SK.

    You would never know it to look at him, but 10-year-old Ben Fizzard’s heart has been on shaky ground. An active, sports-loving kid, Ben suffered a shocking cardiac arrest in 2014 while playing tag at school during recess. While he bounced back quickly, he remained very tired. Andrea, a critical care nurse in the adult coronary unit in Regina, and Sheldon, a respiratory therapist, took him to see Saskatchewan’s pediatric cardiology team in Saskatoon. There, pediatric cardiologists determined he had a slow and irregular heart. As a precautionary measure, they inserted a loop recorder under his skin to monitor his heart rate and rhythm. That loop recorder was what told emergency doctors exactly what had happened to Ben. He and his family spent several days in pediatrics in Saskatoon before being transferred to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton where he was fitted with a pacemaker and defibrillator.

    While happy, healthy and thriving now, Ben remains a regular visitor to pediatrics in Saskatoon for monitoring and care. He is one of the many children who will, on occasion, call the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital home.

  • Zander Zatylny (2017 charity ambassador)
    Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Ottawa, ON.

    Born with a rare type of congenital heart malformation, Zander Zatylny underwent two open heart surgeries by age one. Now, Zander has had eight stents placed into both his right and left pulmonary arteries to improve blood flow. He requires regular monitoring and will need future interventions. He will benefit first-hand from the new Catheterization Lab and Interventional Suite’s real-time, 3D imaging that will guide his physicians during future procedures.

    Zander loves to golf, and began playing when he was 3 years old. He regularly brought his clubs to the CPWO, in hopes to hitting the range with Lorie Kane.

  • Alexa Castillo (2016 charity ambassador)
    Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Calgary, AB.

    Seven months into her second pregnancy, Cindy Castillo and husband Jorge received devastating news – a routine ultrasound showed something was wrong with their baby girl’s heart. “We were terrified,” recalls Cindy. “So many questions filled our mind. What does this mean for our baby girl? Will she ever grow up to have a normal life? Will she even survive?”

    The family was referred to the Alberta Children’s Hospital where doctors told them their daughter would be born with critical aortic stenosis, a life-threatening heart defect where the aorta in her left ventricle does not work properly.  The team of pediatric cardiologists immediately began charting a plan to provide lifesaving interventions for the baby.

    Now 9 year old, Alexa knows her heart is special and that “only half of it works”. She’s had multiple open heart surgeries and will need a lifetime of care from cardiac specialists. She is a determined, happy little girl who loves playing piano, taking silly videos of herself and is one of the fastest kids on her soccer team.

  • Samantha Armstrong (2015 charity ambassador)
    BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Vancouver, BC.

    On the day she was born, Samantha Armstrong suffered unexpected respiratory distress.  Throughout the day doctors found she had a rare congenital heart defect called Ebstein’s Anomaly, where her right ventricle does not not pump efficiently to her lungs. Sam was initially scheduled to have surgery shortly after her diagnosis.

    Six days later, however, the family was told that Samantha’s heart had stabilized and she didn’t need surgery right away. Parents Deborah and Richard were finally able to take their first child her home.

    After nine years, and countless check-ups at BC Children’s Hospital, Samantha was starting to slow down. In May 2008, Samantha had open-heart surgery on the defect she had been living with for so long.

    Sam’s experience took a more unexpected turn two years after the procedure, when she developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Counsellors gave her techniques to deal with her distress, and she eventually overcame it. Sam now looks back positively on her experience.

    Samantha’s life progress from sick baby to thoughtful, active teenager makes her a great choice to be this year’s CP Has Heart Champion. Now 17, Samantha will continue to be followed by BC Children’s Hospital until she is 18.  She’s already prepared for her transition into adult care, and her mom is confident Sam is ready to take it on.

  • Rachael Wright (2014 charity ambassador)
    Children’s Health Foundation. London, ON.

    Within hours of her birth, Rachael was fighting for her life. Diagnosed with pulmonary heart dysfunction and congenital heart defects, Rachael has been under the care of the cardiology team at Children’s Hospital her entire life and today enjoys being active in gymnastics and dance.

    “Twenty to thirty years ago, Rachael may not have made it,” reflects Rachael’s father Chris Wright.  “It’s only thanks to the research and attentive care provided at Children’s Hospital that Rachael is alive today and is a happy and healthy little girl.”

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