St. Marys High School Athletic Director and head football coach Jodi Mote, a stroke survivor, speaks during the American Heart Association's Leadership Breakfast Thursday morning at the PARS Brain & Spine Institute.
But even proper diet and exercise cannot guarantee a life won't be touched by stroke or heart disease, a point driven home by another guest speaker, Jodi Mote, head football coach and athletic director at St. Marys High School.
In September, Mote
became a stroke survivor as well.
"Words can't describe what I went through," he
"I worked out.
I did everything I knew to do."
A possible factor in his
said, was a patent foramen ovale, or PFO, an opening in the heart that normally closes at birth, but remains open for some people.
appreciation for the care he
received at Camden Clark Medical Center
and the outpouring of support from the surrounding community.
"I just can't thank all these individuals enough," he
"Most importantly, I just thank God that I'm able to be here, I'm able to be with my family and help anyone out who's suffered a stroke."
Mote is serving as the honorary chairman for the stroke side of the walk.
told the approximately 15 business and health care leaders present Thursday that he'd be happy to speak to any groups on their behalf, at no charge, to raise awareness.
"I'm not doing this for money.
I'm doing this because I feel like it's what should be done," Mote
was able to return to coaching the Blue Devil football team last year and resumed his
athletic director duties this winter.
After consulting with his
primary care physician, he
returned to the classroom March 1.