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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - Spokes Fighting Strokes, a Survivors Story

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Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing & PR, joffenberger@mhsystem.org; (740) 374-1797

   Spokes Fighting Strokes, a Survivors Story

(September 12, 2016, Marietta, Ohio) –

Memorial Health System (MHS) invites you to come recognize National Rehabilitation Week (September 18-24th) and hear stroke survivor and cross country adaptive cyclist Dan Zimmerman who will be at Selby General Hospital.

At 41 years old, Zimmerman had a stroke and was devastated due to the fact that doctors claimed that he would never be able to talk, let alone walk again. Motivated to regain his life, he found freedom by riding his trike. Soon, he regained health and found a purpose in life; his foundation Spokes Fighting Strokes. “Focus on your abilities, not your disabilities,” Zimmerman says.

This year will be his second cross country trip titled the “Sea to Sea Tour.” The goal of this year’s project is to provide a cycling experience for brain injury and stroke survivors in every state and to fund adaptive cycles for a program in Arizona. He’s including a speech along his ride back at Selby General Hospital’s Conference Room on September 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Zimmerman gets involved with clinics that cater to those recovering from strokes, like at MHS, so he can show them how they might benefit from adaptive cycling. In order to keep the organization going, they rely on donations from the public. Anyone interested in getting in touch with Zimmerman or his team of the all-volunteer staff at Spokes Fighting Strokes can find more information online at www.spokesfightingstrokes.org.

The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are a network of services provided by over 2,500 employees and include two hospitals, outpatient service sites and provider clinics. We partner with our providers to deliver quality care and service with an additional focus on medical education and community service. You can learn more by visiting www.mhsystem.org.

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