In keeping with its "Healthy City, Healthy Community" focus for the year, the Palo Alto City Council pledged its support for Heart Across America, a 5,000-mile bike ride across the country to raise awareness and donations for heart disease and stroke prevention for the American Heart Association.
At the Feb. 23 Council meeting, Mayor Karen Holman presented Sean Maloney, the solo bicyclist who is spearheading the efforts and will complete the cross country journey, with a proclamation from the City to recognize and support his cause.
Maloney, a former executive with Intel, suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010 that left him unable to write, speak or move his right side. He was determined to fully recover though and after a lot of hard work regained his speech and movement.
Now, the recently appointed chairman of the Silicon Valley American Heart Association Board of Directors is determined to prevent others from going through what he did. Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet nearly 80 percent are preventable, according to Heart Across America.
Maloney's Heart Across America bike ride will kick off on March 22 from Palo Alto and is expected to take 83 days. As he makes his way across the country, Maloney is encouraging interested riders to come out and ride with him for an hour, a day or even a week and help spread the word or share their own stories of stroke or heart health.
For more information on the Heart Across America bike ride or for information on meeting up with Sean to join him on the ride, click here.