spokes stroke

PADUCAH, KY (6/2/12) – 288 people rode in Saturday’s first ever Spokes for Stroke bike ride around McCracken, Graves, and Marshall County.
 
Western Baptist Hospital organized the event and was one of the sponsors of the Spokes for Stroke Bike Ride. Western Baptist Hospital is the only certified primary stroke center in Kentucky that is west of Owensboro.
 
10,000 dollars was raised through sponsors and the registered bike riders. The Stroke Foundation agreed to match the total of the 10,000 dollars bringing the total to 20,000 dollars. Of the 288 riders, eight of them were elementary students.
 
Joseph Ashburn was one of the organizers of the event. Ashburn said, “The fun is only half. It’s really about awareness. We aren’t just looking for a cure but to spread awareness as well.” One of the slogans for Spokes for Stroke is FAST. The F means face, A means arm, S means speech, and the T means time.
“A lot of the bike riders aren’t just supporters; some of the riders are survivors of stroke themselves. Stroke isn’t just about old people either. One of the riders was a 35-year-old stroke survivor. It can happen to anybody,” said Ashburn.
 
There were three types of bike rides the cyclers could choose from. There was a 60-mile bike ride for the expert bike riders. Those riders traveled through McCracken, Graves, and Marshall. Three rest stops were provided for these riders. The terrain was very hilly and strenuous on the 60-mile route.
 
A 35-mile bike ride was available for the moderate bike riders covering the areas of McCracken, Graves and Marshall County. Three rest stops were provided.
 
A 10 miles bike ride was available for the more casual bike riders. The 10-mile route stayed in the Husband Road area.
 
There was also a one mile walk on the Greenway Trail for anybody who didn’t want to participate in the bike ride. All of the rides started and ended at Bob Noble Park.
 
Stroke is the number one leading cause of disability in the United States. 750,000 Americans will have a stroke this year. It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans are living with the effects of stroke every day.
 
Conor Revell
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR to Read the Declaration of Independence

CADIZ, Ky. (7/3/15) — The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will host its second annual… Read More

UPDATE - Suspicious Package under Investigation

BENTON, Ky. (7/3/15) — The Kentucky State Police have identified a 46 year female from Marshall County as the person… Read More

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 14768

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7166

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 5414

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4161

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3671

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45426

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 14768

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 03, 2015 3328

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
July 03, 2015 1273

Planning Commission Approves Re-zoning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 1172

County Clerk Warns of Telephone Scam in Hopkins…

by Keenan Cloern
July 04, 2015 1129

Happenings and Meetings – Hopkins County

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 1062

States Where Motorcycles Can Run Red Lights…

by Michelle Megna
July 04, 2015 1015

Heavy Rains Flood Streets Around Town

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 1003

UPDATE - Suspicious Package under Investigation

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 747

Pet of the Day

by Natalie Ostrander
July 03, 2015 614

Beechmont All Stars Defeat Auburn All Stars 10-2

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 609

Central City All Stars Top Bremen All Stars 8-5

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News