My story this year (so far)

 

Emotional Support

I could not do what I do without all the emotional support. I owe a lot of thanks and acknowledgement for that support. First, there is a God who loves me and desires the best for where I’m at. I am thankful to God for the many miracles he has done in my life, and to my supportive and hardworking wife, and my kids and family. Thank you!
Secondly, my thanks go out to all my friends in real and virtual life who continue build me up in a variety of ways. (To all my virtual friends on social media, I wish I could meet you all in real life!). I would be honored if you’re on Facebook to “friend” me!
Finally, I am thankful for a Board of Directors who believes that I have a story to be told. With them, Stroke Survivors CAN! can bring hope to a far greater population than I could by myself.

Foundation

Stroke Survivors CAN, a nonprofit organization, is about giving stroke survivors hope. It is about my experience with a stroke, and finding purpose through athletic events to bring hope to stroke survivors where they are at, whether or not they pursue athletics.
Stroke Survivors CAN continues to make good progress. We are waiting for the IRS to issue the 501(c)(3) as a nonprofit entity. In the meantime, the legal stuff (By Laws are Articles) are done, donated by an attorney. We have a mailing address, office space, and accounting services, donated by a generous business; and a board committed to make Stroke Survivors CAN successful.
High on the “to do” list is the creation of a web page. I have strokesurvivorscan.org already reserved. I’m also thinking about a logo.
Stroke Survivors CAN, a nonprofit organization, is about giving stroke survivors hope. It is about my experience with a serious stroke, and finding purpose through athletic events to bring hope to stroke survivors where they are at, whether or not they pursue athletics.
Stroke Survivors CAN! continues to make good progress. We are waiting for the IRS to issue the 501(c)(3) as a nonprofit entity. In the meantime, the legal stuff (By Laws are Articles) are done, donated by an attorney. We have a mailing address, office space, and accounting services, donated by a generous business; and a board committed to make Stroke Survivors CAN successful.
High on the “to do” list is the creation of a web page. I have strokesurvivorscan.org already reserved. I’m also thinking about a logo.

Training

Training goes on uninterrupted, except when I’m traveling. My typical week contains light weight lifting, stretching, core work, swimming, cycling, and running. The amount I swim, cycle, or run varies, depending on what I have coming up. A typical week has me swimming three days a week, cycling (and spin classes) four day a week, and running three days a week, with Sundays as my off day.
Running both short and long distances wouldn’t be possible with TurboMed Orthodics. It helps immensely with foot drop resulting from my stroke. Thank you, TurboMed. You are a huge part of my story!
After the Boston Marathon April 16, 2018, I’ll train for a half Ironman, and perhaps, a full Ironman, as well as participate in some local races.

Interviews

As a part of giving stroke survivors hope, I was privileged to do a number of interviews with newspapers and TV news stations. Talk about intimidating (especially the TV spots). I’m thankful for editing!
I’m also learning to speak to groups. When you have aphasia and are self-conscious about having aphasia, this is NOT easy! A work in progress I am. I recently spoke at a stroke survivors support group at Milford Regional Medical Center, outside of Boston. If you would like to see some of my interviews go to my website http://www.kevinrhinehart.com  .
Competitions
Let me be clear on this. I participate in athletic events as a way to give stroke survivors hope. Sure, I enjoy the events, and, quite frankly, I am still blown away by my “successes.” I’m writing this, for example, on my way to the Boston Marathon! But my goal is the same – give stroke survivorsrs hope.Stroke survivors are a determined bunch, whether it is getting up for the day, or athletic events. Stroke Survivors CAN!

Kevin Rhinehart

Stroke Survivor, Triathlete

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