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VIDEO: Riding for life

Tech exec and stroke survivor Sean Maloney will leave on cross-country bike ride from Palo Alto City Hall on Sunday, March 22

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Sean Maloney was a high-flying, 54-year-old Intel executive when, five years ago, a devastating stroke left him without the ability to speak.

On Sunday, March 22, Maloney will launch out from Palo Alto City Hall on a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness of stroke preventions. The kick-off event will run from 10 a.m. to noon and include free blood pressure checks, carotid artery scans by Samsung Ultrasound Systems, heart-healthy food and drink and product giveaways and raffles from corporate sponsors.

Local health and wellness organizations, including Stanford Medicine and No More Broken Hearts, will be represented. Stroke survivors from the Pacific Stroke Association will explain how to spot a stroke.

Other booths will exhibit health-and-wellness wearable technology, including products from corporate sponsors such as Intel, HP, Samsung, Acer and Asus.

At noon, the public will be invited to join Maloney and other cyclists on a casual ride for the first 3 miles of their journey — to the HP campus. From HP Maloney, accompanied by local tech executives and members of cycling clubs, will depart on the first leg of his 84-day journey.

"Now all I have to do is pull into New York," he said.

For more information on Maloney's cross-country ride, including route details, go to heartacrossamerica.org.

Read Maloney's full story here.

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