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Baptist Health hosts Spokes for Strokes

Staff report

Baptist Health Paducah will host its third Spokes for Strokes bike tour on June 7 to raise stroke awareness, along with funds for life-saving technologies and expanded stroke care services.

Spokes for Strokes will begin at 7 a.m. with registration at Baptist Health Imaging Center on the west end of the campus at 2705 Kentucky Ave., with the tour at 8 a.m. Registration at active.com is $25 for an individual, $40 for couples and $50 for a family of four.

The bike tour offers 10-, 35- or 65-mile rides through southern McCracken, Marshall and Graves counties. The longest ride includes challenging hills and four rest stops. The 35-mile ride is less hilly with four rest stops. The short ride includes one rest stop, is completely flat and stays in McCracken County. All rides will be followed by support vehicles. Helmets are required.

Stroke is the one of the nation's leading killers and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Baptist is Kentucky's only certified stroke center west of Owensboro and a recent recipient of The Get With the Guidelinesâ “Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for commitment and success in meeting national guidelines for stroke care.

"We will continue to focus on public education, so people of all ages know they should call 911 immediately if they see anyone experiencing signs of a stroke," said Joseph Ashburn, M.D., stroke center director. "Time saved is brain saved, so if they seek immediate treatment, the effects of stroke may be reduced or even reversed."

For more information, call 270.575.2851.

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