Purcellville, VA (August 16, 2016) – Lydia’s Race, a charity event benefiting YoungStroke and the Woodgrove Cross Country program in honor of Lydia Cromwell, will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 20th, at the Woodgrove High School cross country course located behind the school.
The cost is $15 for runners 21 and under and $20 for runners 22 and up. Race day registration will be available, but registration costs will increase by $5 ($20 for students and $25 for adults). You may register at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Purcellville/LydiasRace.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to www.youngstroke.org. Lydia Cromwell, a former Woodgrove High School and Christopher Newport University cross country and track athlete, suffered a stroke on Saturday April 23, 2016. At the time she was competing in the Capital Athletic Conference Championship meet, which was to be Lydia’s last collegiate race. That Saturday afternoon Lydia was running in the steeplechase final at Frostburg State University. She had felt fine before and immediately after the race, which, incidentally, she won. After the race things took a turn for the worse. Lydia had become visibly upset, and her father noticed her eye was drooping. Lydia’s mouth also began drooping and she couldn’t squeeze her mother’s hand.
Lydia was exhibiting classic signs of stroke: F (face) A (arm) S (speech) T(time is critical-call 911). Lydia was rushed to Cumberland’s local hospital. She was not improving and had lost all feeling on her entire left side. After several CT scans, a clot was located in the right carotid artery in her brain. She was given the clot busting drug tpa and transported by helicopter to University of Maryland Hospital-Baltimore. Doctors there decided to perform an angioplasty (using advanced Trevo Retriever) surgery. They were able to retrieve one piece of the clot on the first pass and, after deliberating and weighing risks, went back in and retrieved another piece.
When she arrived at the hospital in Baltimore, Lydia was fully paralyzed on her left side. However, she has been blessed with an amazing recovery since then. She has spent many hours doing physical, occupational and speech therapy. Lydia is well on her way towards a full recovery. Lydia is looking forward to participating in this run alongside her supporters.
Lydia has chosen YoungStroke as her charity of choice. YoungStroke is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy organization. Through community-based programs, YoungStroke teaches awareness, prevention and recognition to raise public awareness of the increasing prevalence of stroke among young adults and its devastating impact upon community life.