My name is Warren Hayes and I was Christine’s Stepdad. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors as Vice-President of the Heart Defects Society. My wife Genevieve was Christine’s mom calling her ‘Pook’ or ‘Pooker’, her nickname over the years. Christine’s Dad, Blake Sorrell lives in Nelson, B.C. where Christine and her father would spend time camping and skiing in the mountains.
I would like to take this opportunity to try and put into words who Christine was to us. Christine was a vibrant active teenager who was mature beyond her years. She had a sense of direction and promise that was rare of her young age. In her third year of accounting at St. Clair College and she had already started to apply her skills as assistant manager of a children’s clothing store. Christine had a positive disposition that allowed her a great circle of friends and was never a cause for concern. She was physically active with a gym membership making what was to come all the more unexpected. On Oct. 30 2005 everything changed. The one place that you would expect your child to be safest, her bedroom we lost her. Gen went up to check on her and found her unresponsive. It was every parent’s worst nightmare. We learned later that she was born with a heart defect that had gone undetected.
Fast forward a few years we became aware of The Heart Defects Society of Windsor & Essex County from a thank you that was placed in the Windsor Star for the Walk’n Roll fundraiser.
We decided to attend the next meeting to see what they were about. It turned out to be a very positive experience. We knew very little about CHD’s but after having the opportunity to tell our story and then listening to each of the members tell theirs, every one intimate and personal, we realized we found a connection that we were missing and needed to be part of. Having been a motorcyclist for many years and being aware of how tightknit the ‘Biker’ community is and how many great causes they have supported in our community we decided to organize a poker run to raise awareness and funds for families affected by CHD’s. The Christine Sorrell Memorial “POOKER” Ride was born.
The Heart Defect Society’s First Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial “Pooker” Ride was held July 25 2010 to help raise money and more importantly awareness of the effects that congenital heart defects have on families. The event turned out to be a success beyond any of our expectations raising over $25000. We had so much support from family and friends and even those that never knew Christine making this event a great success.
As mentioned the event has exceeded all expectations to say the least. I would like to finish by thanking all of riders for their support and efforts and also all of our corporate sponsors and those donating prizes for your help in making this event the success that it is. I look forward to working with you all for years to come.