Father, daughter bike from Delmar to Boston following heart transplant

Troy Record | Danielle Sanzone

Sara Strope and her father, Harold, biked 200 miles over the weekend, retracing the route that Harold Strope took when he needed a heart transplant in Boston 20 years ago this month. PHOTO PROVIDED

ALBANY >> A father-daughter duo bicycled 200 miles from Delmar to Boston, retracing a similar route that an ambulance took 20 years ago this month when Harold Strope of Delmar needed to be transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for a heart transplant.

Harold Strope and his daughter, Sara, started the bicycle trip on Thursday down the street from the Strope’s home and finished at the hospital in Boston on Sunday. Their cycling endeavor, which was cold and wet at points with temperatures in the 40s, was done in order to raise awareness of organ donations.

“Dad was really excited through the bike ride, especially as we retraced the route of the ambulance,” said Sara Strope, a 1996 graduate of the Albany Academy for Girls. She now works in marketing for IBM in Boston. “He has led a rich, meaningful, active lifestyle since receiving his new heart. He had the opportunity to see his children grow up.” Continue reading