Taking a 5,000-mile ride for stroke prevention

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Former Intel executive Sean Maloney set off on a 5,000-mile cycling quest March 22 to raise awareness about stroke prevention. His Heart Across America campaign is a three-month fundraising trek from Palo Alto, Calif., to New York City.

Maloney suffered a stroke five years ago, virtually wiping out his abilities to speak, write and move the right side of his body. After recovering his motor skills and regaining most of his speech, Maloney said he is determined to increase awareness of the need for people, especially those 50 and older, to get a carotid ultrasound to check for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries.

Heart Across America will include public events, motivational speaking, media appearances and guest riders joining Maloney. Guest riders include high-profile tech colleagues and entrepreneurs, including Michael Dell of Dell Computers, John Donahoe of Ebay, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks, Tom Lacey or Tessera, Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe, and others. Also joining him will be survivors of heart disease and stroke, bicycling clubs, avid cyclists, medical professionals, health and wellness professionals and the general public.

Money raised from his campaign will go to the American Heart Association.