Spokes for Stroke raises $20,000

It was a sight to see. Last Saturday, 288 cyclists and many volunteers came out for Western Baptist Hospital’s inaugural Spokes for Stroke bike tour to support stroke prevention and treatment.

Western Baptist neurologist Joseph Ashburn, M.D., got the ball rolling when he moved back to Paducah last year. He wanted to combine a passion for improving stroke care in his hometown with his hobby – cycling – and we were able to do just that.  

We were thrilled to see stroke survivors among the cyclists, including Lorane Smith and Jerry Beyer. Leland Hayden, who had a stroke last fall, walked the Greenway trail with other survivors. Jethro the Clown even got in on the action.

The event raised $10,000, making the grand total $20,000 with a match from the Western Baptist Foundation.

We couldn’t have done it without the expertise of Hutch Smith and Martha Emmons of Bike World, many sponsors and our invaluable volunteers.

Photographer Bill Fox even donated his time and took photos of the event. They can be viewed and purchased at http://foxfotography.zenfolio.com/p71402467. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Western Baptist Foundation.

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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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