CORNER BROOK It’s that time of year again when people with big hearts are needed.
Giving is something father and son, Robert and Andrew Greene, learned from their father and mother, Clyde and Veronica Greene.
Clyde passed away a couple of years ago from a battle with cancer, but about 15 years ago the Greene family from Corner Brook received another shock during a routine check up after he wasn’t feeling well.
Following an EKG, he was asked how long ago it was since he had a heart attack. He was flabbergasted. He didn’t know he had one at all. He was rushed to St. John’s for medical treatment, undergoing bypass surgery and receiving stints. He was hospitalized for about six weeks.
“It was terrifying,” Robert said of the time. “Andrew wasn’t very old at the time either. He was just barely getting to know pop. He knew something was up, but he wasn’t even old enough to comprehend.”
Clyde often canvassed for various charitable organizations, said his son, volunteering to help better the community. It was something he passed on to Robert as well.
Robert received a call recently from Lori-Ann Pittman, who was organizing this year’s Heart and Stroke Foundation annual canvassing campaign. She was hoping Veronica could help out with the door-to-door collection.
Robert said he wanted to do a little more than that, so he went to his commanding officer at the 2590 Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and CI Robert Greene was able to round up some volunteers to help out. The army cadets, led by Andrew Greene, will be canvassing the Elizabeth Street area this month.
“He takes after his grandfather in a lot of ways like that,” the proud father said. “He likes to help people and do things for people.”
Andrew will be canvassing a full street by himself.
“I am indeed looking forward to it,” Andrew said. “It is something I can do with the free time I have on my hands. I have a kind heart.”
The 15-year-old said he is glad to be able to give back to the community. He hopes his effort helps people survive heart attacks and strokes, like his grandfather did years ago. He will be thinking about his grandfather while collecting.
“He will be watching over me,” he said.
Robert will also be monitoring the canvassing by the army cadets. He said his father is always on his mind, but he will be especially during this time.
“He will be smiling down upon us,” Robert said.
February is Heart Month. It is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s primary opportunity to reach millions of Canadians and raise awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke.