This week the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association lost an incredibly special and passionate volunteer, stroke survivor and member of our family, Ray Driscoll.
Ray, his wife Gina, and extended family have been a force to be reckoned with in the stroke community for nearly 20 years since Ray suffered a stroke in 1994. Ray’s family completed fifteen marathons and half marathons with the American Stroke Association’s Train to End Stroke and Tedy’s Team programs. Ray ran a stroke support group out of five star rehab in Woburn and delivered over a hundred speaking engagements on behalf of the American Stroke Association. In addition to their indomitable spirit, passion for the cause, and unending support of the stroke community, Ray and Gina raised over $100,000 for the American Stroke Association’s lifesaving mission since 2001.
The Driscoll’s insurmountable contributions to the American Stroke Association led us to develop the Ray & Gina Driscoll Hearts and Minds Award, which since 2012, has been presented annually, to an outstanding volunteer whose ongoing, long-term commitment to the organization’s core values of integrity, excellence, vision, dedication, inclusiveness, and sensitivity, across multiple areas of the organization, has made a lasting impact on our mission and culture.
On behalf of everyone at the American Stroke Association, our staff, volunteers, survivors and caregivers, we extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Driscoll family; Gina, Dan, Colleen, Shawn, Logan and Parker and our heartfelt gratitude for the many events, races, meetings and volunteer engagements Ray and his family have taken part in support of the fight against stroke.
Funeral arrangements for Ray can be found at http://robinsonfuneralhome.tributes.com/obituary/show/Raymond-F.-Driscoll-101921815.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.