Carla from Hagerty

This past Thursday our friend and Captain of all Insurance at Hagerty, experienced a stroke while at work. We found out and kept this private since it’s a personal thing, and as much as we knew you would want to know we felt it was up to Carla to let folks know.

Lake Dora!

Carla reached out to us on Saturday and other friends on Facebook today.  And we are thrilled to report Good News. Carla will be back, but only after some serious time healing. To quote Carla via Text below

Carla is a good pal, and brings joy to so many.

“2 days in ICU, 3 days on post stroke floor have me already thinking of Sunnyland.”

Carla followed it by saying this to all of us.

“Seriously! Truly blessed with all the fine people in my life. No one is better than boaters..especially classic boaters! Got my IV’s out, working with various therapists, doctors etc.; however, waiting for BCBS approval to move to an intense 5 hour a day PT and OT daily regime. Once in, hope to be done in 1 month. I will live in a facility during the entire time. From there, pray for steady progression.  I am alive with very, very little speech impediment and no facial droop. Life is good. My new mantra “I am going to kick this stroke’s butt!” The Hagerty girl in the white jeans, blue shirt and black ball cap will return in the spring!!

Life is good.. I can heed a warning, Matt.”

WE ARE LEAVING THIS STORY LIVE TODAY-  This is the first time in our 10 year history we have done this. Carla is reading this and the support has been overwhelming at Hagerty and the Hospital. You can comment here to share best wishes and love! Carla is there for all of us! It’s great to know we are here for her!

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67 Responses to “Good News -“I Am Going To Kick This Stroke’s Butt!” – UPDATES HERE!”
  1. Lew Dobbins

    Thanks Matt for the update. Carla is important to all of us and we wish her a speedy return to her life. We will miss her at Tahoe in 3 weeks.

  2. Wm E Fullerton

    Remain positive Carla!
    I too have been there, though it took longer than I expected, no one would know.
    It will be the same for you!
    God Bless …


  3. Gail Turner

    You can do this! You have an entire community of friends cheering you on.

  4. Shannon K

    Stroke picked the wrong woman to mess with! You’ve got this, Carla! We love you and are all pulling for you!

  5. Mark in da U.P.

    So young and so pretty! It just shows that it can happen to anyone. We are with you Carla. Keep that positive attitude and stay strong. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  6. Wudzgud

    Take one day at a time and keep that positive attitude! We need young people like you in this hobby!

  7. Derk Brill

    Wishing all the best to you for a speedy recovery Carla. We’re all thinking about you.

  8. Dreed

    From second hand experience you will recover just fine with dedicated hard work. Thinking of you, and get well.

  9. m-fine

    Best wishes and speedy recovery. Hope to see you at Sunnyland in March!

  10. Jeff Funk

    Shocked to hear the news Carla, but love your attitude. Godspeed my friend.

  11. Leslie Best

    Wife had one 2 years ago. Do the therapy and don’t let slow progress get you down. Time, patients and perseverance will overcome this. You’ve got the right attitude, God bless you and we are all praying for a full recovery.

  12. Mark

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Carla !

    One day at a time.

  13. Ken MacStephen

    Your friends in Canada are sending their thoughts and prayers for you to win this fight, you won few!

  14. Pat wichman/Wicked Wood

    Get well soon Carla and I promise you another ride in my Prototype Resorter Jet Drive !

  15. Jim Murdock

    Nobody promotes this hobby more than Carla she has earned our respect and has it from all of us, there is no doubt she will kick its ass go get um Carla!

  16. Roberta

    God Speed your recovery, Carla!! So happy you are making your way back.

  17. tparsons56

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and with your positive attitude I’m sure we will see you back on the water and boat shows sooner than later. You brighten up every boat show that you attend!

  18. Wilson

    With all these folks hoping and praying for you , you are an odds on favorite for a full recovery… A boat show is not complete with out you in attendance, Pat & I are praying for a quick and full recovery.

  19. Jim Grant

    Carla praying for your full recovery. Wish I could have been there to entertain you like you did for me when I went to the emergency room at the Skaneateles Lake International Show.

    You are truly one of the most heart warming and caring people I have ever met.

    I know you will make a full recovery and by next spring you will be back to your old self.

  20. Carla

    I am speechless, ME SPEECHLESS, and touched beyond words. The support and love that each and every one of you are showing me, makes me the luckiest person on this planet. I am a fighter and I WILL BE BACK in full swing. Already looking forward to a hug from all! I thank you from the bottom of my ❤️! Love you all!

    Shannon..a belated Happy Birthday. I remember we share the same bd (every year)😉. I was in ICU this year for mine, thus late by 5 days!

  21. Old Salt

    May your restoration be as successful as all the best in shows combined! Get well soon Carla! …and go boating!

  22. WoodenRookie

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, all the best to bounce back strong. Prayers for patience and the best results!!!!

  23. Dennis Mykols

    Ronnie and I wish you a fast recovery, boat shows without your smiling face will not be the same…

  24. Wes Van Dine

    Wishing you a complete recovery. May you return better than ever. We are looking forward to seeing you at Sunnyland. Wes and Gail

  25. MikeM

    Get well Carla. I’ll see you when I roll through TC in September.

  26. Mo Sherrill

    Wishing you a speedy recovery with many happy years in your future.

  27. Rivaguru

    I am very glad that You had a fast response and treatment. Be strong, and remember to stop and smell a few roses!

  28. Tim Robinson

    You go Girl. Tell your Boys if they need anything while you are recovering to call me 530-277-3204. Get well soon, will miss you at Tahoe.

    • Carla

      Thanks much, Tim. They r struggling but plan on driving the 38 hours from San Diego once done here..a month or so. All will work out.

  29. Stan Struble

    Carla I wish you the very best for a speedy recovery
    Hope to see you soon

  30. BT @ Moonlite Bay

    Hi Carla, I had a stroke at 50, and am now 68 and loving life (and wood boats, and good beer, and ??). Your spunk will carry you through this! All of us at The Whitefish Chain Classic Boat show, and everyone at The Fabulous Moonlite Bay wish you a quick and complete recovery.

  31. Richard Daley

    All your Canadian freiends wish you a speedy recovery.

  32. Michael

    As a fellow Stroke Survivor, all the best for a speedy recovery. Kudos to your staff at Hargett or wherever you were quickly getting you help. While I’m sure your care givers will recommend appropriate support systems for you, I’ve followed the National Stroke Association on FB since mine and find it helpful and informative. Again, all the best.

    • Carla

      Thank you so much for the guidance. I will definitely follow the site.

  33. Dick Dow

    Hey Carla, From the time we first met way back during the Cincinnati Symposium, your energy and positivity has always sparkled and will power you through this! Prayers for a speedy recovery and seeing that smile back in a boat soon!

  34. George Blosser

    From all of us at Smith Mountain Lake, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  35. James E

    Thinking Good Thoughts for your rapid recovery.
    Poster Boy from Indian Wells.

  36. Stephanie S Ryan

    Carla: You have always been so strong. Keep up your ever so and always positive attitude and I am sending you strength. See you soon!

  37. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.

    Sorry to hear about your stroke, but happy to hear about your recovery and I love your attitude. Ginger and I wish you well. See ya in the spring at Sunnyland show

  38. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.

    Carla! Sorry to hear about your stroke, but happy to hear about your recovery and attitude. Ginger and I wish you the best and are keeping you in our thoughts.

  39. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.

    Carla! Sorry about your stroke, but happy about your recovery and attitude. Ginger and I have you in our thoughts and wish you well.

  40. Terry Fiest

    Lost for words——once again you caught me by surprise!!! Wishing you a fast and speedy recovery. Will certainly miss you at Tahoe. Counting on seeing you in Tavares next year. Sunnyland is pulling for you.

  41. Peter Morse

    (I wrote this on Facebook, but it deserves repeating here)
    Carla: I’ve always known you as an indestructible force. So I can’t imagine anything of consequence slowing you down. However, it seems you’ve met a match That has stunned many of us. However, your messages sound clear and strong. Your inner strength and outer beauty defies all foes! I pray your recovery goes quickly, painlessly, and leaves you restored as the strong, beautiful woman we all know you to be. Sincerest prayers for your complete and swift recovery!
    XO many times over!!

  42. Mike McBride

    So sorry to hear, but you have a great attitude to conquer your challenges. We will miss you at the lake James show in Indiana, but will expect to see you next year. We were really looking forward to enjoying your company, and showing you Indiana hospitality. Your dinner will be waiting for you at our house.

  43. James & Caroline

    Carla, Best wishes for a speedy and (relatively 😉 painless recovery!

  44. PAUL and Jackie Mehus

    Carla, wishing you a full and swift recovery! Your positive attitude and drive will rule the day!

  45. Bill Root

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery from ALL your Sunnyland friends. We already have your spot marked out for next year’s show.


  46. Larry Jamieson

    Great attitude. You will overcome this and be stronger. Very proud of you.

  47. Stan Petersen

    “Life Is Good” T Shirt is on its way from Mount Dora. Wear it with pride. Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are being sent heavenward. See you in March.

  48. mike fogarty

    Carla, what a great attitude you display. That is so important to your recovery which we pray will be complete. Hope to see you at Port Huron. Mike, Bonnie and Brian Fogarty from the Indian Lake ACBS Chapter