The Team


We are a group of people dedicated to raising awareness around PTSD in the Veteran and First Responder communities.  


Gord Hicks

Is a Canadian Forces Veteran, father, husband, fitness fanatic, and small business owner.  

As a member of the First Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, he was proud to serve overseas during Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia 1991 and Operation Harmony, Croatia 1993/94.

For Gord, experiencing the loss of friends and colleagues to military conflict and PTSD, wishing to make a difference in the community, and commemorating Remembrance Day in a personal and physical manner, were the motivating factors behind the very First 24 Hours of Heroes in 2016.  

He is thrilled with the growth of the 24 Hours of Heroes event and the continued partnerships with National Service Dogs, Wounded Warriors Canada and #Ivegotyourback911.


Cheri Doan

Is a mother of four an active leader in the London CrossFit community.  She has a passion for fitness as well as helping organize events that benefit those in need of a helping hand. Her role in the 24 Hours of Heroes team has grown from participant, sponsorship organizer to now leading the charge on managing our army of volunteers, building our website and co-ordinating with Wounded Warriors of Canada and National Service Dogs to make 2019 better than ever.


Danielle Ferko-Hicks

Mom to Izzy, partner to Gord, elementary teacher for over 25 years, CrossFit fan and Masters Olympic Weightlifter, Danielle is happiest working behind the scenes.

Her passion for 24 Hours of Heroes is fuelled by the experience of military life with Gord at CFB Petawawa, and by sibling connections to 1RCR/CAR and The Toronto Police Service.
She believes that 24 Hours of Heroes is about the power of story. When honouring veterans, soldiers, or first responders and sharing their stories, we can make meaningful connections and deepen understanding in the hopes of transforming stories of loss into stories of healing. She anticipates meeting even more extraordinary people as her family and the 24 Hours of Heroes Team continue on this amazing journey.


Isabelle Hicks

Is the daughter of Canadian military veteran Gordon Hicks and Danielle Ferko-Hicks. Always active, whether in the gym or on the soccer field with her competitive women’s team, Isabelle is thrilled to assist with any and all aspects of the 24 Hours of Heroes events – from organization to promotion to registration to stats – you name it! In the fall, she will be entering her second year of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, with the hope of one day opening her own gym for wounded and disabled veterans and military members.