Saturday, January 26, 2013
National Orange Popsicle Week, what's this all about you ask? Let me tell you. NOPW was founded by our friends, Jonny and Amy Woodell, after Amy, only in her mid twenties, suffered a very serious stroke. She came extremely close to death multiple times in the days and weeks afterward, but made a miraculous full recovery after months of extensive therapy. That event was life-changing. Ever since, they've committed to help raise awareness of stroke - particularly in young people. This cause hits close to home for me. In March of 2012, my 31 year old healthy wife, Alison, had a devastating brainstem stroke. It's probably the worst kind of stroke there is. She's still alive, and cognitively aware and competent. But she's unable to speak and has very limited movement. At that age and point in our lives, a stroke was the furthest thing from our minds. We would have never guessed it would happen to us, but it's changed our lives forever. Had there been more awareness of stroke being a risk to young people, perhaps we would have identified it sooner and the damage could have been limited. Alison and I have joined Jonny and Amy in their noble cause. Over the course of the next few months, leading up to mid-May, we'll be working hard to get the word out about NOPW, and putting together some events to further the effort. Please join us by liking the National Orange Popsicle Week Facebook page, or going to www.nopw.org to learn more. Thanks in advance for the support, and I can't wait to share more about what we have in store.