Mycle Brandy, a four-time stroke survivor, completed his walk across America on Monday, October 11 at NRH. Brandy began his walk on February 14, his 59th birthday, in Irvine, California in an effort to bring hope to other stroke survivors and raise awareness. Crossing through more than 10 states, Brandy proved that having a stroke does not have to prevent anyone from following their dream.
|Stroke survivor Mycle Brandy visits with NRH patients after his walk across America.|
This inspiring story touched the lives of many stroke survivors throughout the county including patients here at NRH. Taking his last steps into NRH, Brandy walked more than 2,900 miles, for 239 days and will have gone through 15 pairs of shoes! Dr. Brendan Conroy, NRH Stroke Recovery Program, Medical Director, tied Brandy’s journey into NRH’s credo Adding Life to Years.® and talked about all of the neurological research, stroke initiatives and the technology – such as the ZeroG®. Brandy stood in front of NRH Team Members, patients and visitors overjoyed by the support.
Following the welcome ceremony, Brandy visited NRH patients who are also stroke survivors to talk to them about their personal stories. Brandy hoped to inspire as many people as possible with his journey across America. "I've gotten across my message," said Brandy. "This isn't the end of life, when you have a stroke. This is the beginning of a new life.”
The American Heart/Stroke Association teamed up with Brandy for his walk across America. With nationwide support, Brandy raised over $10,600 in donations for American Heart/Stroke. While this was Brandy’s longest journey to date, athletic achievements are nothing new to him. In 2005 he joined the American Heart/Stroke Association former marathon training program Train To End Stroke. Walking with a cane, Brandy completed the 2005 San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in six hours and 49 minutes.
After losing 40 pounds and accomplishing his goal, Brandy is not ready to slow down. Australia, Europe and Africa are continents Brandy hopes to cross in the future. He said is ready to walk across the world if he can get enough sponsors. "I feel great," Brandy said. "I've accomplished what I set out to accomplish."
- Liz Williamson