Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.  It can happen to anyone, at anytime and at any age.

For Mark and Elizabeth Scheid, it happened in July of 2009 on the last night of a Caribbean cruise.  They were celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary when Mark, 44, suffered a massive stroke.

After spending five days at a hospital in Puerto Rico, Angel MedFlight transported Mark to a hospital in Miami.  Tests revealed he had a spontaneous artery dissection (a tear in the artery), which led to a blood clot and then to a stroke.  Mark spent two weeks in the hospital in Miami before he and Elizabeth were able to fly home to Washington State where he was hospitalized for in-patient rehabilitation.

Angel MedFlight remains in contact with the Scheids and we are all inspired everyday by Mark’s amazing progress and Elizabeth’s strength.  After Mark had his stroke, Elizabeth knew it was her mission to help educate people about the signs of stroke and remind medical personnel that young people do, indeed have strokes.

On Sunday, November 7, 2010, Elizabeth will run the New York City Marathon to raise funds for the National Stroke Association.  Angel MedFlight made a donation in support of her cause.

“Thank you and Angel Med Flight for your donation to the National Stroke Association. You have helped us exceed our $5,000 goal by over a $1,000!   We really appreciate your support getting Mark out of [Puerto Rico] and supporting the stroke association. Thank you!” – Elizabeth Scheid

Angel MedFlight is happy to show our continued support for Mark and Elizabeth and to support the National Stroke Association.  A big “GOOD LUCK” to Elizabeth on her 26.2 miles journey this weekend!

If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the National Stroke Association, visit this link where you can also read Mark and Elizabeth’s story.  100% of donations go to the National Stroke Association.


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