By Brad Segall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On June 9th walkers and runners will take to the streets of Philadelphia to help raise money for programs that benefit stroke victims and their families.
For nearly two decades the Delaware Valley Stroke Council has been holding its Strides for Stroke 5K walk and run.
The money raised stays in the Philadelphia area to help heighten public awareness, educate the public and the medical community and advocate for patients.
Founder Toby Mazer says early detection is critical because, in many cases, stroke symptoms can be reversed if the patient gets to a hospital within four hours.
“People are very cognizant of breast cancer and prostate cancer and heart disease, but stroke is the number three cause of death, it’s the number one cause of adult disability,” Mazer explains.
Risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes.
There’s more information on how to register for the walk at their website www.phillystroke.org.