My mom, Carolyn Almer, recently passed away at age 67 after suffering a stroke. My sister and I sat by her side in the hospital for 10 days, trying to understand and accept the grave impact of something that happened in a split second. During that short time in the hospital, we didn't know if she could hear or understand us, and there was nothing we could do except wait for a miracle. That was, and continues to be the most difficult thing I've ever experienced.
I will be participating in the 2013 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5th as part of the Stroke Challenge team. I'm looking forward to the 40 mile ride through NYC, but I'm mostly grateful for this opportunity to raise awareness and help reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
My mom was an incredibly caring and vibrant woman, who always put her family and friends first. The picture of us shown here was taken at my sister's wedding, a day I can always look back on to remember the wonderful and beautiful person that she was.
Thanks for your support!