Bill Allocca returns to Grady on the same day every year with one goal: to remind staff at the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center that they are all heroes.
“On a Tuesday afternoon seven years ago I had a massive stroke, and by Thursday night that same week I was having dinner at home, and on Friday I was back at work. That’s how powerful the stroke center is,” Allocca said.
On July 26, 2018, on the seventh anniversary of his stroke, Allocca and his partner Kristi Day, who also received treatment at Grady for a stroke six years earlier, met with providers and staff on the eighth floor to share treats and their heartfelt gratitude.
“I’ve now lived to meet my two granddaughters, Ava and Olivia, and celebrate my father’s 100th birthday with him and my family. I get to be here, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t remember how blessed I am,” Allocca said.
Chief of neurology and director of the stroke center, Dr. Michael Frankel, greeted Allocca and Day, thanking them for coming by.
“We are always happy to see patients we’ve treated in the center again, this time healthy and back to living a full life. It means a lot,” Frankel said.