Four-Time Stroke Survivor Walks Across America To Inspire Others

by Paul Marin on November 7, 2012

On February 14, 2010, Mycle Brandy, a four-time stroke survivor, went out for a walk – across America. Myckle walked from Newport Beach, California, to Washington, D.C. in 2010, a total of more than 2,600 miles. Why? In order to raise awareness about heart disease and its prevention, to increase awareness of care available for heart disease and stroke patients, and to raise funds for research. He wanted to encourage folks to “Get off the Couch”, and start exercising, to stay healthy. He also wants to make people aware of the early signs of stroke.

Along the way, Mycle visited hospitals, to encourage stroke survivors, and schools, to educate young people about the benefits fo exercising.

After a suffering a series of four strokes, and other serious health issues, Myckle decided to give up smoking and start getting some physical exercise. After a period of time when he struggled just to get out of bed, he decided to take up walking, which led to his participation marathongs. He eventually finished his first full marathon, using a cane, in 6 hours and 49 minutes, and has since gone on to complete 9 full marathons and 4 half-marathons. After all those marathons, someone asked him what’s next? He jokingly responded, “Well, I guess I could just walk across America,” which he later decided was a very good idea.

Myckle went on to complete that first walk across America in 2010, with the assistance of friends, family, and fans. Following that, in 2011, Myckle completed a walk from San Diego to Seattle. Myckle left Maine on October 1st, 2012, on yet another walk, this time through Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., all the way to Miami! This is all part of Myckle Brandy’s mission to spread the word about exercise and its health benefits, and to encourage everyone to “get off the couch”.

You can read more about Myckle’s inspirational story on the American Stroke Association’s website, and learn more about him on his own website, walkingacrossamerica.org.



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