Stroke survivor Sean Maloney is facing a setback in his coast-to-coast bicycle ride that’s raising awareness and raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke, and he’s dealing with it in his usual sunny-yet-tenacious approach.
Maloney is a former Intel executive who lost the ability to walk, talk and use his right side following a stroke in 2010. He defied all expectations by resuming his career and his active lifestyle. He retired from Intel in 2013 and on March 22 he set out from Santa Clara, California, on his bicycle for a three-month trek. The Heart Across America event already has raised more than $254,000 in donations, some of which benefits the mission of the American Heart Association. The journey is scheduled to culminate June 15 in New York City.
On April 5 – the 15th day of his journey – Maloney was riding down a rough, steep road when he endured a severe tumble. He had to be airlifted to a hospital in San Diego. He later underwent surgery to repair a broken hip.
“Clearly I want to recover and recover well,” Maloney said in a video posted on his website. “Heart Across America goes on. I will rejoin the team in Dallas in the summer. These cuts on my face are surface wounds. Yesterday was a bit of a setback but never, ever, ever give up.”
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, was among many wishing Maloney well in his recovery.
“We are so grateful for Sean Maloney’s dedication to helping others and raising awareness, and he is in our thoughts and prayers as he rebounds from this terrible wreck,” she said.
The Day 17-19 update on his Hearts Across America website read: “Sean is well on his recovery. After having surgery, he was able to stand up and get himself onto a wheelchair. It will be the two-wheel vehicle of choice for now, but he’ll be back on his feet in no time.”
In his Day 20-25 update, Maloney appeared to be feeling much better in a video shot from his recovery room. “I am slowly, slowly recovering.”
As with other daily updates, the site listed Maloney’s miles and elevation. The most recent one read:
Miles: 20 steps
Elevation: a few floors down to the cafeteria
Keep checking Maloney’s website for updates on his recovery and on the Hearts Across America cross-country journey.