September 19th will mark the fifth annual Strides for the General fundraising run/walk at Bayfront Park. To celebrate the milestone four patient ambassadors with remarkable stories about the care they received at the General will participate.

  • Riley Dunda from Grimsby, a featured ambassador last year, suffered a stroke just before his 19thbirthday. He underwent a specialized clot removal procedure which saved his life. Since the surgery the former Hamilton Red Wing has made incredible progress in regaining strength and co-ordination.

Samantha Pickering from Milton suffered a life-threatening car crash at age 23. She spent 12 days in a medically-induced coma while recovering from her injuries.

Dave Knox, a Brantford resident was badly injured when a pipe burst in his workplace, throwing Dave 37 feet across the room . Dave spent 12w days in the General’s trauma unit and he continues to recover at home.

Rick Bryce from Dundas suffered a near-fatal heart attack. As part of his recovery goal and as a way of showing his gratitude to the General, Rick participated in the 2012 5k walk and became the top fundraiser.

This year’s fundraising target is $150,000. The event features a 5k walk as well as timed 5k and 10k runs, complimentary lunch from Montana’s and live music.

  • Registration includes:
  • Technical running shirt
  • Lunch and live musical entertainment
  • Chip timing (for registered runners)
  • Prizes for top fundraisers and finishers*

To register visit:

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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