WPS teams participate in Cycle For Stroke

WPS Health Solutions had two teams in the Cycle For Stroke inaugural event at Breese Stevens Field in Madison on May 30 to culminate National Stroke Month. WPS also was a proud sponsor of the stationary-bike event, which raised awareness for stroke prevention and generated financial support for the American Heart Association—Wisconsin.

Scott Kowalski, WPS Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, organized the event. He is a member of the American Heart Association—Wisconsin Board and begins a two-year term as Board Chair on July 1. Scott also is a stroke survivor and advocate for stroke prevention efforts. Read his "You're the Cure" advocacy spotlight story here.

In this photo, he's shown with the WPS women's and men's teams. Left to right: Thia Hovorka, Toni Miller, Sharon Hartung, Jane Keller-Allen, Scott Kowalski, John Stephens, Craig Campbell, Roger Ebert, and Chris Cashell.

Save the date for the next Cycle For Stroke in Madison – May 8, 2019! The goal is to fill 80 bikes! To reserve your team bike, contact Camilla Jackson at Camilla.Jackson@heart.org or call 608-709-4933.

Save the date for the Madison Heart Walk: It's Saturday morning, Sept. 22, at the Madison Mallards Baseball Stadium.

Watch for these signs of stroke:

  • F—Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • A—Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S—Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T—Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.