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TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour 2011

May 1, 2011

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Beth DelGiacco

My grandmother had a stroke about 12 years ago, and while she survived, it’s definitely been a struggle. We are lucky that she survived, but it has been sad to see her lose the ability to participate in activities she loved.

I’m excited to be a member of the National Stroke Association  Endurance Team because I believe understanding the early warning signs of stroke is so important and can prevent some of the long-term damage that can occur in stroke survivors. I’m hoping that biking and raising money for the team will encourage others to learn the early warning signs in case they or someone they love is affected.

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Pamela Gasek

A friend and chiropractor coworker suffered a massive stroke while in our office 11 years ago. He was told he would never be able to practice medicine again, but after seven years of intensive therapy and determination, he succeeded in regaining full function! He is truly an inspiration to me and his patients – many of whom are stroke survivors.

Myomo ("My Own Motion") Inc.  where I work is dedicated to helping stroke survivors regain arm functionality, whether in the acute or chronic (30 or more years) stage. I am partnering with National Stroke Association to support stroke survivors to restore mobility and independence.

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Mike Hughes

My mother, who passed away in 2005, suffered for many years from kidney failure and then suffered a devastating stroke. Watching my mother live the last five years of her life after the stroke has changed me forever; she lost so much of her freedom, and lost the ability to do things that I took for granted every day of my life. The amazing thing about her was the way she fought – she never complained, and she is without a doubt the toughest person I have ever met. 

I am a part of the National Stroke Association Endurance Team to ride in memory of my mother. If the money raised can help prevent or minimize the impact of stroke, then it will be the best bike ride I have ever taken.

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Meg Ireland

My grandmother had a stroke 12 years ago, and although she survived, there were immediate differences in her abilities. She was an incredibly talented golfer and used to hit the links daily, which she was no longer able to do. She is still an amazing woman but there have been many struggles as a result of her stroke. As a family, we all know how scary and fast strokes can hit and that they run in our family history. The more we can do to educate and research the causes, signs and effects of stroke, the better!

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Stephania Jackson

Stroke is an unfair silencer that I fight everyday as a neuroscience nurse. I want to be a living example of using something painful to do something wonderful with what happens in our heads, brains and hearts!
Cycling is a great way to clear the spiderwebs out of my head from the stress of life and working with neurosurgeons! What do I think about when I ride? The same thing the dog thinks about when he holds he head out the car window with his ears flapping in the breeze – nothing, absolutely nothing. I just ride.

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Dacia Lhormer

After suffering a stroke eight months ago, it scared me to think that my life could end so fast and I would leave my six year old son without a mother.  I am seeing life in a whole new way with endless possibilities. Having the stroke has brought me closer to my wonderful friends and family, all of whom have made this possible. I want to show my son, friends, family and especially myself that I am still strong and can continue to achieve great things after having such a setback. A stroke will not rule me!

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Marcy MacMillan

Both of my grandparents were victims of a stroke, which ultimately lead to their deaths. My grandmother was especially affected and had to live in a nursing home after her stroke. Although I was young when her stroke happened, when I remember her I think of her as two different people –  the person before her stroke and the person after.

I ride to help people affected by stroke, both before and after.

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Shirley Ramos

On February 22, 2009, while I was sleeping, I suffered a stroke. I almost didn't wake up. Did I mention I was 29? It was an experience that changed my life, for the better. I survived and now, I really live. I’m part of this team to show others you can survive and you can turn a dark moment into a ray of light to help others.

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Angela Wredberg

On March 3, 2010, my 61-year-old father, Roy, suffered a near-fatal hemorrhagic stroke. He was in a coma for a week and was not expected to live, but somehow defied the odds and pulled through. There's not a day that goes by where I don't think of his stroke and how it's impacted not only his life, but everyone in our immediate family.

I believe it's a privilege to be a part of such a caring team of individuals who all share a desire to raise stroke awareness. As the famous quotation by Mahatma Gandhi says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Please click on a team member's name below to visit their personal fundraising page and make a donation. Visit the National Stroke Association New York 5 Boro Bike Tour main page for more information about this event.

Beth DelGiacco

Pamela Gasek

Mike Hughes

Meg Ireland

Stephania Jackson 

Dacia Lhormer

Marcy MacMillan

Shirley Ramos

Angela Wredberg


NY Five Boro Bike Tour

Progress: 92%
Progress: 92%
Raised: $ 18497     Goal: $ 20000


For additional information please contact us at events@stroke.org or call us at 1-800-STROKES (787-6537) or visit www.stroke.org/ny_bike_tour.

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