Thursday, June 16, 2016 -- In 2009, at the age of 52 and fit, Paula Symanski woke up in the night and couldn’t find her arm. She called 911, and was taken to Ellis Medicine, where stroke was diagnosed. Doctors determined that she needed surgery, and since the surgeon that covered Ellis and Albany Medical Center was at Albany Med, Symanski was transported there by ambulance.
On Thursday, May 5, Symanski replicated that 20-mile trip – by bicycle. She continued on to the Empire State Plaza in Albany to participle in the 2016 Capital Region Heart Walk Torch Ceremony.