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Thanks to our 2012 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour team!

May 6, 2012

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Alvin McElveen

Dr. Alvin McElveen has spent the last 35 years treating stroke patients as a vascular neurologist. Alvin was personally touched by stroke when a family member had a stroke in the 70s, with devastating results. Since then, managing stroke has improved dramatically. But Alvin rides to further improve stroke outcomes, prevention and education.


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Bruce Hawley

Bruce joined the team to honor his good friend and fellow team member and stroke survivor, Joe Romenesko. He says he is amazed at Joe’s hard work and persistence and the progress he has made. Bruce feels that by joining the team, he can prevent others from having a stroke.


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Christine Gonzalez

Christine is passionate about stroke and feels honored to represent stroke survivors who are not able to speak for themselves. She is eager to participate in an event that will help change the quality of life for stroke survivors and their families. Christine says, “It is because of these types of events that so many people are blessed to have funds to combat illness and disease.”


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Dacia Spencer

Eight months after having her stroke, Dacia participated in the 2011 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour team. Dacia’s stroke came with no warning and changed her life in a flash. But she felt that participating in the 42-mile ride would help prove she had the strength to overcome this hurdle in her life. Encouraged by the “inspiring and transformative experience,” she is looking forward to her second ride.


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Ilana Semel

Ilana is participating to honor her dad. Just six days after Ilana made a personal decision to change her lifestyle and become more active, her father had a stroke. Her mom quickly recognized the signs of stroke and acted FAST. Fortunately, he had a relatively speedy recovery because he received care so quickly. Ilana has recognized the debilitating effects stroke can have on someone and their family. She says that her dad and all stroke survivors inspire her to participate so she can educate others about stroke and the importance of acting FAST.


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Joe Romenesko

Joe is a 49-year-old stroke survivor with two children. Prior to his stroke, he would bike regularly with his brother Paul. Today, he continues to focus on rehabilitation through various forms of therapy, which include biking. After receiving a three-wheeled bike, participation in this event has been made much easier. Joe feels thankful for the support of his friends and family through his recovery and participation in this event.


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Michael Rosenberg

Two knee replacements may have made Michael vulnerable to developing blood clots and thus, stroke. In November 2009, Michael had DVTs (blood clots) in his legs, followed by a stroke. Michael has since overcome a number of health challenges and is very excited to represent National Stroke Association in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour.


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Paul Romenesko

Paul has been an avid bike rider for nearly six years. He decided to participate this year in support of his brother and fellow team member Joe Romenesko, a stroke survivor. Paul and Joe enjoyed riding bikes together prior to Joe’s stroke. He feels that participating in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour is a way to support his brother. He hopes that his participation can “make a difference in someone’s life through help obtained from National Stroke Association.”


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Ralph Gonzalez

After losing three grandparents to strokes, Ralph Gonzalez dedicated his professional career to the stroke community. As the medical director of his community’s stroke unit, Gonzalez is passionate about community education to reduce stroke risk factors and prevent stroke. Dr. Gonzalez hopes to help as many people as possible by participating in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour.


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Susan Emmerling

In July 2010, Susan’s father had a massive stroke while out on his boat. Today, he has recovered much of his health, but he is still in a wheelchair and on a feeding tube. Susan has decided to “dust off her bike after nearly five years” to participate in honor of her dad. Originally from New York, she is eager to participate in this event because the city is one of her father’s favorite places. Susan feels that this is one way that she can support her dad’s efforts to regain some of what he lost.

 

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TEAM MEMBERS


Alvin McElveen

Bruce Hawley

Christine Gonzalez

Dacia Spencer

Ilana Semel

Joe Romenesko

Michael Rosenberg

Paul Romenesko

Ralph Gonzalez

Susan Emmerling

 

Progress: 66%
Progress: 66%
Raised: $ 33064     Goal: $ 50000

 

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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