Toby Mazer, founder of the Delaware Valley Stroke Council (DVSC) and the Dr. Howard

Mazer Strides for Stroke 5K Run/Walk, invites you to celebrate this memorial event named in

memory of her late husband, a Stroke survivor. The Dr. Howard Mazer 18 annual Strides for

Stroke 5K Run/Walk is part of the Delaware Valley Stroke Council’s continued effort to fundraise

for their fiscal year to assure their continued education of Stroke to the Greater Philadelphia

community. Fundraising each year allows the DVSC to remain a resource to inform the Greater

Philadelphia area on the signs and symptoms of Stroke and for Stroke-related support material,

and free health screenings at local area hospitals including Jefferson Hospital & rehabilitation

facilities such as Moss Rehab.

One of the most powerful messages the DVSC promotes is that Stroke can affect

anyone. Stroke does not discriminate based on age, gender, or ethnicity. Philadelphia native Lisa

O’Rear learned this first-hand when she suffered a stroke at the age of 34. As a marathon runner

and yoga enthusiast, Lisa never thought she was at risk for a stroke. Describing the days after

her stroke, Lisa said, “I remember the frustration and defeat I felt at not being able to balance

as I tried to place one foot in front of the other while trying, unsuccessfully, to walk in a straight

line.” Now a year later, Lisa has recovered from her stroke and is training for her 9 th marathon.

Her story of not knowing the symptoms of stroke is a common one in the stroke community,

and with Lisa’s help, we can encourage more education within Philadelphia!

Faithful volunteers of the medical community and supporters of the Delaware Valley

Stroke Council make events like the Dr. Howard Mazer Strides for Stroke possible. To help

celebrate the day, the DVSC has partnered with local businesses and corporate partners to

provide refreshments and information in community-sponsored vendor alley. Participants and

volunteers will enjoy awesome race-day freebies, gifts and prizes including free Powerade ZERO,

pretzels from Philly Soft Pretzel Factory and fresh fruit all day. Ten lucky registrants will win a

pair of Red Star designer sunglasses, four will win tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and

one will win an autographed John Mayberry Jr. Phillies jersey.

A smashing after party will be hosted from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM at center city dining

destination El Vez, located at 121 South 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 for all Strides

for Stroke volunteers. Participants, volunteers, media partners and friends of the race are

encouraged to enjoy the post-race festivities after crossing the finish-line including refreshments

and awards. Please come and join us!

For more information about race registration, inquiries can be directed to or found at the Delaware Valley Stroke

Council’s home page,

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