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GLENDALE, CA – Nearly 1,500 people participated in the Glendale News-Press Downtown Dash 5K Run/Walk through the heart of Glendale on Sunday, March 13. Proceeds from the event will help to expand Glendale Adventist Stroke Services and Education for our community. This year, the hospital received about $100,000 in community support for the event.
The timed 5K Run/Walk started in front of the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Blvd) in Glendale and went through the Americana at Brand. The youth fun run started shortly after and, the event ended with an awards presentation. Rico Gutierrez of Van Nuys was the first person to cross the finish line at a time of 15:40.
Stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death in the San Fernando Valley and the leading cause of long-term disability. Stroke is responsible for one out of every 14 deaths, killing more than 160,000 people every year. Before the race started, Dr. Lance Lee, medical director of the Certified Advanced Stroke Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center spoke to the crowd expressing the word FAST – Face, Arms, Speech and Time. "If you have a stroke, call 911. Time is so important. Seeking immediate treatment at a facility specially trained to diagnose and treat stroke can help improve your chances of surviving and minimize possible disabilities," said Lee.
Glendale Adventist became certified as the first Primary Stroke Center in the San Fernando Valley in 2007. Thanks to community involvement, the Downtown Dash has raised over $250,000 in support to help educate the community on stroke awareness and enhance treatment options for stroke patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
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