Lori Wright, Nevada
Lori Wright is an American Stroke Association (ASA) advocacy champion. She had a stroke at age 44 and lost use of the left side of her body. Because of this she is unable to drive and typically has to rely on public transportation to get around the major metropolitan area of Las Vegas. This doesn’t stop her from doing everything that she does for the mission of the ASA. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Sharegivers Program here in Las Vegas, traveling to hospitals all over the valley visiting with patients who just recently had strokes, providing them with encouragement and practical knowledge on life after stroke, available resources, and support groups that they can attend. She also attends health fairs on a regular basis, representing our organization and providing important education and outreach to attendees.
As a You’re the Cure advocate, Lori has traveled to Carson City to meet with legislators, and has testified in front of legislative committees, telling her story and helping to make the case for important policy changes that will help improve stroke patient treatment and care. For one of these hearings, Lori had to spend six hours for her round trip on the bus to testify for just a few minutes. Her testimony helped to provide valuable perspective to the legislators, and the bill was successful in passing the committee and later becoming law.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for dedicated volunteers like Lori and many of you in You’re the Cure who dedicate your time, voice and heart to helping people live healthier lives. Sincerest thanks to Lori – and you for all that you do!
~Guest blogger: Christopher Roller, Sr. Government Relations Director, Nevada