Almost 15 years ago, Carlos Ramirez suffered two strokes that left him unable to walk, talk or have any control over his motions and motor skills, but the former mechanic refused to let the tragedy define his life. After years of hard rehabilitation, Ramirez was not only able to walk again, but has taken up running for his new cause: stroke prevention. Despite still having a limp, Ramirez even recently participated in a marathon in Kona, Hawaii. When he’s not racing, he is running all over town as an American Heart Association volunteer, spreading stroke awareness among the Hispanic community. He also teaches a free aquatics class for stroke survivors to help them regain their strength, and he visits stroke survivors in hospitals to let them know what lies ahead. If they put all their heart and energy into it, Ramirez says, they can emerge from their experience rehabilitated, reborn and victorious—just like him.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.