MADISON, April 12, 2024 — The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association - the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, invites Madison companies, communities and individuals to stop the cycle of stroke by raising critical funds to further research and education through CycleNation Madison.

As 2024 CycleNation Madison co-chairs, UW Health Neurologist Cassie Nankee and TruStage Senior Manager (Executive Communications) Laura Doolin are leading a team of top Madison executives to recruit companies and organizations to take part in the CycleNation movement. The efforts will culminate on May 22 at The Sylvee where teams of four will ride to raise awareness and funds to further the work of the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association. 

“As a vascular neurologist, I am passionate about caring for patients who have been impacted by stroke,” Nankee said. “CycleNation is an incredible way to help recognize stroke and fund vital research in this area.  By joining together in this effort, we can help empower people to take control of their health and reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in older age. Each year approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke.[1]

“CycleNation is a way for our community to get into a heart-healthy lifestyle in a fun and approachable way,” Doolin said. “We ride for every person who has been impacted by stroke in hopes of raising awareness, increasing prevention, and honoring their memories.”

While approximately 80% of those who have a stroke will survive, but the majority of these will remain with some degree of physical impairment or disability. Research shows that up to 80% of strokes may be prevented. Getting the recommended amount of physical activity is linked to lower risk of diseases, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health and cognitive function and lower risk of depression.[2]

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 About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is a relentless force for a world with fewer strokes and longer, healthier lives. We team with millions of volunteers and donors to ensure equitable health and stroke care in all communities. We work to prevent, treat and beat stroke by funding innovative research, fighting for the public’s health, and providing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based association was created in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 - our Centennial year - we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   


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[1] Tsao CW, Aday AW, Almarzooq ZI, Alonso A, Beaton AZ, Bittencourt MS, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2022 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association Circulation. 2022;145(8):e153–e639.

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.