About The Ride
In 2011, the cost of heart disease and stroke in the US was more than $300 billion. Heart disease and stroke kill nearly 800,000 Americans every single year.The economic and the human costs are far too high- especially considering nearly 80% of all strokes and heart attacks could be prevented.
Sean Maloney, a former Intel executive, thought he was invincible. Despite his healthy lifestyle, in 2010 a blocked artery led to a stroke that wiped out virtually all of his abilities – to write, to speak (aphasia), and paralyzed the right side of his body. He was determined to recover, regained his abilities to speak and move and decided to do something to save others from the trauma of stroke and heart disease.
His new mission in 2015 was Heart Across America, a cross-country bicycle ride, with events in 14 cities and more than 5,000 miles of cycling. Everywhere he goes, he is encouraging others to know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. and for adults over fifty to get essential blood pressure and carotid artery screenings.
Sean Maloney had a storied career at semiconductor giant Intel, working in key leadership roles from 1982 until his retirement in 2013. He was credited with numerous achievements, including the successful growth of Intel into Chinese and Asian markets.
Despite robust good health and habits, in 2010 he suffered a debilitating stroke wiping out his ability to write, to speak (aphasia), and to move his right side. He doggedly made a near full recovery, refusing to let the stroke sideline his career or family.
Recently appointed Chairman of the Silicon Valley American Heart Association Board of Directors, Sean works tirelessly to raise funding and awareness for heart disease research.
He hopes his story can touch the lives of survivors, their families and people across the globe.