Join the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for their annual CycleNation Triangle event on June 15th at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at 3pm.
CycleNation empowers people to use cycling as a way to get brain and heart healthy — all while raising funds for community programs that will help prevent stroke and heart disease. Participants in teams of four ride relay-style on stationary bikes over a two-hour period.
The 2019 CycleNation Triangle event is chaired by Jeffrey W. Marquis, Sr. Marquis became involved with the American Heart Association not only because he has family members who have suffered from heart health issues, but because he himself is a stroke survivor.
Being in his late forties, Marquis’s stroke came without warning. He was lucky to both survive and recover, and now volunteers for the American Heart Associaton so that others have the knowledge they need to recognize and prevent a stroke.
“I as Chair, and the American Heart Association team, look forward to celebrating survivorship, increasing stroke awareness and inspiring healthy living and better brain health at CycleNation Triangle!”
Marquis shares the warning signs of stroke, in hopes that someone will be able to recognize a stroke immediately and call 9-1-1 before it is too late.
Stroke signs are sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body and sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. F.A.S.T. should also be remembered. Face drooping, Arm numbness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1.
Stroke is common and deadly. Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 42 seconds someone dies of stroke. No one is “too young” to think about stroke. Having any one risk factor significantly increases the chance for stroke among people in their 30s and 40s. The risk is 10 times greater if you have two or more risk factors.
Learn more about CycleNation Triangle by visiting www.cyclenation.org/triangle or calling the American Heart Association at 919-463-8348.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.