Red Tie Campaign to Prevent Stroke
Did you know that a stroke occurs every forty seconds? That’s about 795,000 strokes per year! Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the main cause of adult disability in the US, however up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.
The Red Tie Campaign was created in memory of North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long who passed away from a stroke in 2009. Through the Red Tie Campaign, we want to create hope that, together, we can prevent stroke.
About Commissioner Jim Long
Jim Long was the longest serving insurance commissioner in North Carolina History, serving as commissioner of insurance and state fire marshal for 24 years. He served from 1984 until his retirement in 2009. Before his post as insurance commissioner, Long followed a family tradition set by his father and grandfather by representing Alamance County in the NC House of Representatives (1970-75).
As commissioner of insurance, Long was committed to ensuring that all North Carolina citizens were treated fairly. He emphasized consumer advocacy through fair rate making, injury prevention efforts and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices. Soon after being elected to his first term as commissioner, Long created the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIP) which trains senior volunteers to assist their peers with Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance and long-term care insurance problems and questions.
Long was also one of the founders of Safe Kids North Carolina and the Special Olympics North Carolina. He was the president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and also served on the board of directors of NC Prevention Partners, in addition to a variety of other state boards and commissions.
Long was married to Peg O’Connell and had two children (James and Rebecca) and five grandchildren (Kristin, Matthew, Steven, Morgan and Hannah).
The Legend of the Red Tie
Commissioner Long was known throughout the state by the red tie he wore daily.
The red tie became his political symbol and was closely associated with his long career in public service.The red tie symbol was fashioned into lapel pins, bumper stickers, jewelry and a variety of other memorabilia worn by friends, family and supporters.
Some say the tie was red in honor of NC State, others think it was red to honor the fire service he loved so much.
The real reason Long wore a red tie was to honor his father George Long, who also wore a red tie every day.