Our GOAL was met. We raised over our initial goal of $1000. We were able to raise $1125.00 all in honor of the American Stroke Foundation and my dad, Phillip Hopkins!
Hearts go out to...
Kay Ewart for giving a $25/0.25/mile
Larry and Janice Walther for giving a $250/
Gail Hopkins for giving a $100/$1/mile donation!!
Ashley Owen, JP Hopkins, Will Walther, Thomas Owen, Luke Walther for giving $50/0.50/mile!
Deb Baker for giving $25/0.25/mile donation!!
Stacey Shaver for giving $25/0.25/mile donation!!
April & Tommy Owen
for giving $100.00/1.00/
Cymber & Joey Gieringer for giving $25/0.25/mile donation
Glenda, Brooks, & Tank Leach for giving $50/0.50/mile donation
Jenny & Greg Massanelli for giving $25/0.25.mile donation
Robin Wilhite & Becky Lynn for giving $100/1.00/
Dr. Ron & Ellen Harden for giving $200/2.00/
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Wilhite for giving $100/1.00/
John McCadams for giving $50/0.50/
In 2007, my admirable dad, Phillip Waynne Hopkins, suffered a massive stroke. Little did we know at that time, our lives would forever be changed. While doctors didn't even foresee him surviving, he did. However, he was neither physically nor mentally the same as before. He no longer could walk, eat, or control other bodily functions. Therapy was cut short because he failed to make any noticeable progress. He was powerless, and so were we. There was nothing we could do for his state except accept. Accepting was hard. My mother would spend the next years tirelessly as his primary caregiver. She never faded on the outside. Her devotion and dedication was beyond me.
As I write this post, I think about the person that my dad once was. I remember his enthusiasm for riding motorcycles, his ability to take anything that was thrown at him with a smile, his love for a good meal, his ability to work until his hands bled, his even-temperament and patience. He loved life, and held on for eight years after his stroke because of that love. Unfortunately, my dad died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. This year, I will once again run down the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West in the Keys100, One difference this year is I will be running in my dad's name. The race, that will take place on May 16-17, is 100 miles and all for him and the American Stroke Foundation. All the money raised during the next two weeks through this website will go directly to the American Stroke Foundation.
I think about my dad's sudden stroke and how it was such a devastation for everyone who knew him. And then I ask why? Medically, there are answer for why? Whatever your philosophical or religious beliefs, you can always study the medical evidence and come to a conclusion of what caused an individual to have a stroke. And this is why the American Stroke Association is such a vital organization as they help individuals make connections between their health and their potential risk to becoming a victim to stroke. Those at risk can take the needed measures so not to end up like my dad and many others, victim to stroke.
Please donate to the American Stroke Foundation, and help them continue to educate those who are not aware. Learn about the warning signs, causes, how we survive after a stroke and most importantly, how to end it. GIVE today and be an advocate with ME and my husband as we support the American Stroke Foundation and their efforts to put an end to strokes for good.
ABOUT the American Stroke Foundation
Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 5 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. They fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. To learn more, call 1-888-4-STROKE or browse http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/.