Wednesday, May 18th at Revolution Hall
Wow! In our final pre-launch event, the Portland community really came together to get us excited to start the ride! Thanks to our incredible event organizer, Linda Schuck, for connecting with the Portland stroke community including more than 15 allies (see below to learn more about them) to bring this amazing event to life. This event took place at Revolution Hall, thanks to the generous support of Providence Brain and Spine Institute.
After time spent mingling with the 90+ attendees, the program was launched by a performance of the Backstrokes Music Group, an aphasia choir, in their first in-person performance since the beginning of the pandemic. After an introduction by Dr. Ted Lowenkopf, Medical Director of Providence Brain and Spine Institute, the Stroke Across America team shared their story and their hopes for the ride before welcoming Karl ‘Kajomo’ Mortiz to share his story of recovery from a traumatic brain injury and aphasia; cycling is one of the therapies Karl uses in his recovery, including participating in many century rides and velodrome cycling. Rik Lemoncello then shared about Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop, social enterprise bakery that supports adults with acquired brain injury to return to work and life. Our final speaker of the night was Kate McCarron, “Top Dog” or CEO of Portland Pet Food – a stroke survivor who’s love and care for her dog encouraged her to start her company. The Backstrokes then wrapped the very moving program up by singing “Happy Trails” with customized lyrics honoring Deb, Steve, and Stroke Across America.
Event Photo Gallery
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