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April 14, 2010

Spotlight: Yaletown Chef Wil Leung


Habari Everyone!
(“Whassup in Swahili”)

Recently I decided along with my sister and god-brother to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. It is one of the 7 summits and the tallest free standing mountain in the world, standing at 5985 Metres. We are climbing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Charity in honor of my mother and grandfather (who suffered strokes) and for ourselves (we both have abnormal heart beats).

Some of you might know that I have episodes of fainting, which I referred to as my “dying feeling”.  I use to periodically pass out and I didn’t know why.  However, after one episode where I fainted and had a seizure, I was soon diagnosed with an atrial flutter. Within months, I had a cardiac ablation (heart procedure) to help cure/reduce the symptoms. My sister had a similar experience.

As a result, we believe this will be a challenging and rewarding experience for us. I heard that the physical climb isn’t too bad (especially for post-athletic guys like myself! :)), but the mental part is the hardest. So I do value your support whether through encouragement, prayers or donations.

In honour of our climb, please donate what you can at our page on KINTERA.ORG

Please feel free to contact me in regards to this at anytime! I can be facebooked or emailed at: willeung[at]cactusclubcafe[dot]com

Thanks with all my heart 😉

Wil Leung