"My name is Phil Anderson and I am a stroke survivor."
I suffered an Ischemic stroke in April 2007
. I am a runner and fortunately for me, I suffered no permanent physical damage. I was able to walk locally on the Ma and Pa trail
in Bel Air Md. just days after the stroke. My problem is that I suffer from Aphasia
(difficulty in speaking, especially). I find that even years later, I still have some difficulty in speaking and writing. My wife and my speech therapist have helped me greatly, but sometimes I still feel I have quite a bit of work ahead of me.
Due to the hard work and patience of my family, my speech therapist and the doctors and nurses at Upper Chesapeake Hospital, I decided it was my responsibility (or duty) to give back to all those who have assisted me in my recovery. I decided to do what I do best – run. On the first anniversary of my stroke, I decided to have a run, the Survivor Run
. My wife and I measured the course (at the hospital), gathered informative pamphlets on stroke from the hospital, and I prepared a few posters. It rained and rained and rained, and there were only a handful of runners there.
In (2008) We had a FREE race that started and ended at Upper Chesapeake Health.
In (2009) We had a FREE race at Annie's playground. All runners got a red Survivor bag.
In (2010), on my third anniversary, I became involved with the National Stroke Association and received over $2,000 in donations from the run. I had 70 runners there and it was a great success.
In (2011) my proceeds from the race went to the Stroke Network of Harford County, Md.
In (2012), I raised funds for the National Aphasia Assoc and again The Stroke Network.
In (2013), I raised funds for The Stroke Network, The American Cancer Society and The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail.
In (2014), I raised $1,000 for The Stroke Network and a check for $1,000 was given to the Rasac Scholarship fund.
In (2015}, I celebrated my 70 th birthday with a "Specal Run", both a 7K and 7 mile race.
In (2016) the theme was; "Shoe sizes" ... Special prizes where handed out for shoe sizes..
In (2017) it will be the 10th annual running of the race. The theme will be; "A Decade since my Stroke"
A. Stroke: You can learn more about the Stroke Network by going to their web site at:
B. Article: A nice short article about me. You can read it here:
C. Aphasia: You can find more info on Aphasia at:
D. My Movie: For more information about Stroke, watch my movie. Here is a link for it here:
http://vimeo.com/28619926 (made by Wherl Productions).
E. My Running club:
For more information about my running club go to: http://www.rasac.com
Remember think FAST; (Face, Arms , Speech, Time) to prevent strokes!