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Published on October 27, 2010

Stroke survivor shares his life-and-death story


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Dick Burns was declared dead after a massive stroke at the age of 38. Then he woke up.

The Carmel resident will share his inspirational story of survival and recovery at a meeting of the Stroke Support Group of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 4. The event, in the Cancer Center classroom, is free and open to the public.

Burns, a former advertising executive behind a legendary Fruit of the Loom campaign and the smile on PSA airplanes, is the author of Live or Die: A Stroke of a Good Luck, a memoir chronicling his experience and a road map for survivors on similar journeys. Though his stroke occurred at an unusually young age, strokes are not uncommon. They are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the nation. Community Hospital is certified as a primary stroke center, in recognition of its demonstrated ability to improve outcomes for people who suffer strokes. For more information about stroke care at Community Hospital or the stroke support group, please call 622-8059 or go online at


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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