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Spokes for Strokes raises more than $23,000 for stroke program

The annual Spokes for Strokes bike ride recently raised $23,155 for the Baptist Health Paducah stroke program, including a matching donation from the hospital foundation.

Nearly 250 cyclists participated in the ride, which aims to raise stroke awareness, along with funds for life-saving technologies and expanded stroke care services. 

Stroke is the one of the nation’s leading killers and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Baptist is Kentucky’s only certified stroke center west of Owensboro and a recent recipient of The Get With the Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for commitment and success in meeting national guidelines for stroke care.

 “We are thankful for all the cyclists and sponsors who supported our stroke program,” said Joseph Ashburn, MD, stroke center director. “We will continue to focus on public education, so people of all ages know they should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see anyone experiencing signs of a stroke. Time saved is brain saved, so if they seek immediate treatment, the effects of stroke may be reduced or even reversed.”

The next Spokes for Strokes bike ride is planned for June 6, 2015.