In 2017, Amy’s husband Jack also suffered a stroke, and she spent months as his caregiver. After his rehab, Amy wanted to refocus on her health but she needed a goal. A native of Rhode Island, Amy always wanted to walk The Cliff Walk. Amy met with Hemant to discuss this idea; she really wasn’t a walker and didn’t know if she’d be able to deal with the terrain that is part of the
6.3 mile walk. Hemant told her he believed she could do it, but she’d need to start training. So in May of 2018, Amy began training for her new adventure.
At first, Hemant wanted her to focus on timed walks, not miles. She started 20-minute walks. Always an overachiever, Amy wanted to do more, but Hemant wanted to build her endurance. Because of her stroke plus diabetes, Hemant wanted to be sure that Amy’s sugar would stay steady, and that her weaker leg would be able to meet the demands of this walk. Soon Amy was walking miles. She used an app, “Map My Walk,” and she designed her own trails throughout The Villages. Soon she was walking 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles, and finally 6 miles. Her husband would take the golf cart and meet her throughout her walks, just in case. She was very excited when she achieved her 6 mile walk; she told Hemant she was ready. Hemant asked her to walk 7 miles. She didn’t think she could, but one morning, after walking her 6 miles, she told her husband she was going to keep walking. She walked 7 miles that day.