VIDEO: Taking a swing at strokes

May 22, 2011 9:00pm

•  Central Valley marks stroke awareness month

•  A survivor pays it forward

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and drain the economy of $73 billion a year. Worse, for business, is that most workers under the age of 65 who suffer a stroke are unlikely to return to their jobs.

An exception of Mary Nicholson, a former broadcaster in Los Angeles and radio station owner in Sacramento.

Please click on the play arrow when the video loads to hear her story. Then check below the video panel for special information.

Ms. Nicholson’s company, Healings in Motion, along with Stroke Resources Inc. are presenting a special stroke awareness workshop, open to the public, on Wednesday, May 25 at the Worknet Building, 56 S. Lincoln Street in Stockton’s downtown waterfront area from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers include Dr. Richard Heck, a local medical doctor who had a stroke when he was 37 years old.

The keynote speaker is Bob Parsons, a Stanford graduate, successful businessman in San Jose -- and a stroke survivor speaks candidly and with extensive knowledge about strokes. Mr. Parsons has spoken to thousands of people nationally on behalf of the Stanford Stroke Center and Stroke Awareness Foundation in Santa Clara.

Cheryl Harless and Breanna Garrison, directors of the San Joaquin Valley’s first certified stroke center, at Doctor’s Medical Center in Modesto, will discuss stroke protocol and the benefits of being designated as a Certified Stroke Center.

Optional activities also included will be brain exercises and art therapy. The day concludes with a panel discussion, “Coping with Challenging Healthcare Issues.”

“May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month. We want to emphasize local resources and available care for patients, families and the general public," says Betty Laird, president of Stroke Resources.

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