Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says all stroke patients need access to quality care and he’s raising money to make sure it happens.  He climbed hundreds of stairs at Chicago’s Willis Tower yesterday, in an annual fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  

It’s the second year in a row he participated in the climb but he says it wasn’t quite as easy the second time around.  The climb may have been more difficult but Kirk still beat his own record.  He climbed 41 flights of stairs yesterday, compared to 37 last year.  Kirk suffered a stroke in January of 2012 and he credits his access to quality care for his successful recovery.  He says his insurance covered 51 rehab sessions, while most Medicaid patients would only have four.  Three-thousand people participated in the SkyRise Chicago event, including one woman who arrived at the top with a prosthetic leg.  

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