Hospital Foundation to match bike tour donations

Around Western BaptistI used to love riding my bicycle around the farm when I was a little girl. I would pedal around and around the same beaten path for hours, without a care in the world.

Next month we all have an opportunity to get back on our bikes for something worth caring about. Western Baptist is hosting its first bike tour on Saturday, June 2, to raise stroke awareness, along with funds for life-saving technologies and expanded stroke care services. 

We all know someone who has suffered a stroke or been touched by a stroke in some way. As the hospital’s communications coordinator, I’ve had the privilege of sharing amazing stories of stroke recovery from patients who have been treated at Western Baptist, the only certified primary stroke center in Kentucky west of Owensboro.

“I started cycling in medical school and discovered cycling has a big following in our region,” said neurologist Joseph Ashburn, M.D., director of the stroke center at Western Baptist (pictured at right). “We invite the community to join this inaugural bike tour and fight stroke at the same time.”

Spokes for Stroke will begin at 7 a.m. with registration at Noble Park’s Shelter 19, followed by the tour at 8 a.m. Advance registration at is $25 for an individual, $40 for couples and $50 for a family for four.

The best part is your money will go even further. The Western Baptist Hospital Foundation will match all funds raised by the event.

The bike tour offers 10-, 35- or 60-mile rides through southern McCracken, Marshall and Graves counties. Helmets are required. A 1-mile walk/ride on the Greenway trail, beginning at Noble Park, also will be available for stroke survivors, families, friends and caretakers for a donation.

For more information, phone (270) 575-2895.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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