Kenneth Crosby was talking to a coworker about mundane things when a popping sensation, followed by intense pain in his head, changed his life forever.
“I immediately realized that something was off and that this wasn’t a normal headache. I excused myself and started back to my desk, when I dropped my phone that was in my right hand. I went to pick it up with my right hand, but I kept missing it and couldn’t fully grasp when I did touch it…I couldn’t talk…my right side face dropped,” said Crosby.
“Someone said, ‘He’s having a stroke.’”
Crosby was able to recover with the help of his healthcare providers and family, and now he wants to “pay it forward” by taking part in the American Heart Association’s Tri-County CycleNation. The high-energy, relay-style stationary cycling fundraiser will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Middletown Galleria. The cycling will be followed by a celebration sponsored by Holt Construction at the 110 Grill at 1 Galleria Drive in Middletown.
CycleNation’s relentless team of participants funds life-saving heart and stroke research and focuses on a future that eliminates stroke and heart disease.
Crosby is happy to have recovered well enough to resume the activities he values.
“On September 3rd, I ran a 5K for the Lion’s Club in Warwick,” Crosby said. “Thanks to my family, friends and my doctors, I was able to get back to my normal life.”
Hudson Valley CycleNation Co-Chair and Regional Director of Rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Gwen Borsenberger SLPD, CCC-SLP sees CycleNation as a great way to make a big community health impact.
“As someone who works in healthcare, co-chairing our CycleNation event is important to me because I see real people working hard each day to recover from stroke. If we can raise awareness and prevent strokes before they happen, we can build healthier communities together,” said Borsenberger.
Every 40 seconds on average, someone in the United States has a stroke—and the impact is disabling and often deadly. Stroke kills enough people each year to fill Madison Square Garden to capacity nearly seven times.