Stroke Survivor Billy Lister Featured in TV Story

Stroke survivor Billy Lister is featured in a Denver7 story as he aims to qualify for the United States Paralympic cycling team.

Lister hopes to qualify for Team USA in July representing the United States in Rio de Janeiro.

“I’m doing everything that I can for Rio, but I also have high aspirations for Tokyo in 2020 and also 2024—Rio is not my only shot,” he said. “I’ve got a long future in Paralympic cycling.”

Lister experienced a stroke at age 17 and now 17 years later is a spokesperson for National Stroke Association and its ComeBackStrong campaign.

“A lot of people will roll their eyes and think I’m crazy, but I view my stroke and disability as a gift,” he says. “It’s something that I’ve turned into an opportunity to have one of the most rewarding and meaningful lives.”

He most recently emceed the National Stroke Association’s Comeback Trail 5K run/walk held May 1 at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colo.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Lister did a series of interviews to raise awareness for stroke which is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

More than 6 million stroke survivors live in the U.S., but projections say the number will increase to 10 million by 2030.