Celebrating Resilience and Recovery at Dan's Dash

Last spring Wilmington resident Dan Thompson suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, which caused a type of hemorrhagic stroke. His road to recovery seemed slow at first. But one year later Dan is back on his feet, and his family feels quite fortunate given the severity of his condition last April.


To honor her dad and help other victims of strokes, Dan’s daughter Alicia Thompson, a Wilmington Friends junior, decided to organize a fundraiser for the National Stroke Association. Alicia and a team of high school friends came up with “Dan’s Dash,” which included 1 and 3-mile runs and a walk at the Wilmington Friends School track on May 14th. Some 70 friends of the Thompsons turned out for the event, helping Alicia nearly triple her fundraising goal of $2,500.

“Alicia felt very fortunate that her dad made a complete recovery, and she really wanted to help other people,” said mom Alison Thompson. “She felt so lucky that she wanted to give back in some way to others who have been impacted by strokes.” The Thompsons also are grateful to the physicians at Christiana Care, who they say helped lead to Dan’s complete recovery.

Photos by Tracy Rossi

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