As a recognized leader in stroke awareness, Valerie Greene has reached and motivated audiences across the country. At age 31, Valerie was a healthy, vibrant businesswoman until a massive stroke paralyzed the left side of her body and left her unable to speak. Doctors told her that she might never walk or talk again, and most of her hearing was lost. Sheer determination and faith propelled her out of her wheelchair and into a new life learning once more how to walk and communicate.
Now a world wide symbol of hope, and advocate for stroke awareness, Valerie has become a beacon of light to millions. Founder & CEO of The Valerie Greene Stroke Foundation, Inc; she is a two-time published author; and a motivational speaker. She has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC & FOX raising public awareness of America's stroke epidemic while inspiring others that nothing is impossible!
With humor, passion, and insight, she touches hearts, and encourages people in all walks of life to accept their challenges and to keep moving forward.
Valerie has worked at the state and congressional level to support legislation that ensures that stroke victims will be properly accessed and transported to an appropriate stroke treatment facility. She was instrumental in helping to pass the Florida Stroke Act that that Governor Jeb Bush signed into law on June 17, 2004.
On January 11, 2004, Valerie walked 13.1 miles in the Walt Disney half marathon for The American Stroke Association and raised over $10,000 in donations. She was awarded the Fund Raising Excellence Award for being the top fund-raiser in the country for The Train To End Stroke 2004 marathon.
Valerie has made several TV appearances both locally and nationally on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates to name a few. She has also been cited in multiple newspapers and magazines including Recipes for the Heart cookbook issued by The American Heart Association.
She has been named a "Stroke Hero" by The American Stroke Association and is a national spokesperson for American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.