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

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