CHEYENNE – As a young rhythm and blues singer, Mycle Brandy crisscrossed the nation, performing in almost all 50 states by the time he was 24. But when he was hit by a series of four strokes, beginning at age 37, Brandy felt his mobility, his hearing — and sometimes his hope — slipping away.
Well, Brandy is back. He’s crossing the country again — but this time on foot, supported by a cane and spurred by a trio of causes.
Brandy, 67, will continue his 2415-mile trek at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 6, at the entrance of the Cheyenne VA Medical Center on 2360 E. Pershing Blvd in Cheyenne. Most importantly at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 4th visited stroke and brain injury survivors and veterans at the hospital to help provide hope and encouragement to continue with their recovery activities, of which Brandy is personally experienced.
The Cheyenne VA Medical Center, a 70+ bed facility, is part of Veterans Integrated Service Network 19, which includes all or parts of Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
A retired resident of San Clemente, California, Brandy has always carved his own path. A singer with a law degree, he has been a movie actor, a construction worker, a paralegal and a marathoner. And he has little doubt he can deliver on his goal. He has walked cross-country three times — from California to Washington, D.C., in 2010; from San Diego to Seattle in 2011; and from Maine to Miami in 2012. He prides himself in walking from Hospital to Hospital and Rehab Center to Rehab center visiting as many survivors and Vets as possible to share his story and show that life can continue no matter what comes your way.
Observers can see his adventures, pictures and stories of other survivors on his website: www.walkingacrossamerica.org
Brandy’s primary mission is to educate people about warning signs and prevention. “Every year, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke. One every 40 seconds,” he said. “In most cases, it’s preventable by lifestyle changes such as exercise.” Leading causes are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking.
For this walk, Brandy is widening his mission. In honor of the men and women who sacrifice for our freedom, he is walking for the Wounded Warriors Project and the Brain Injury Association of America and the Gary Sinise Foundation. Brandy has dubbed this year’s walk “Mycle’s Miller Miles Walk,” as a tribute to Bob Miller, a dear friend who was also a stroke survivor and through his online group, Strokes Suck, was able to propel Brandy into his first walk and provided words of inspiration and support through his thousands of online followers.
Brandy’s route has taken him through Oregon, where he started his walk at Rockaway Beach, and through Idaho and now into Wyoming. He will continue through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Along the way, he will visit over 20 hospitals, both general and VAs, to inspire stroke and brain injury survivors and Vets. “I make people feel better by walking — like I used to do by singing,” Brandy said. “I show them that recovery is possible.”
For details, walkingacrossamerica.org
To support Mycle’s walk or his causes, visit walkingacrossamerica.org.