Alumnus Michael Obel-Omia '84 Raises Awareness for Stroke and Aphasia

PORTOLA VALLEY, CA (August 2, 2022)- For the past twelve weeks, a team of cyclists have been
pedaling their way across America, spreading awareness about stroke and the emotional recovery that
follows. The Stroke Across America team began their 4,300-mile journey on May 19, and they're now
more than halfway to their goal. Along the way, they've been sharing their personal stroke and brain
injury stories and their experience living with aphasia, a condition that can result from stroke. Each
participant has a unique story about how their brain injury has created dramatic life changes and how
they're not letting it define them.

The ride began in Astoria, OR, and will end in Boston, MA on August 27. There are 15 community
events completed or planned. They've organized events at community centers, music halls, and
universities to share their personal stories and help others understand what it's like to live with stroke.
"I want people to know they're not alone," Debra Meyerson said. "Rebuilding a rewarding life is
possible, but takes deliberate effort and lots of support." Locally an event will be held at Fort Orange
Brewing, 450 N. Pearl St, Albany, NY 12204, on August 19, 6:00-8:00 PM.

If you'd like to learn more about the team's journey please visit their website
OR follow their daily updates on Instagram @strokeonward.
Hashtags: #strokeonward #bike4stroke #StrokeAcrossAmerica

Michael Obel-Omia suffered a stroke in 2016. Like Debra, he suffers from ongoing aphasia. He has
used cycling to build back strength and movement in his body and poetry to regain communication.
He has published a book, Finding My Words: Aphasia Poetry, and was recently interviewed by the

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