DETROIT — For the first time since suffering a stroke eight months ago, Cleveland Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert will speak publicly on Friday at the Crain’s Annual Newsmaker luncheon in Detroit.
The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with Gilbert slated to speak around 12:15-12:30 p.m. Watch him speak in the media player below:
Gilbert will be honored as the inaugural member of its Hall of Fame.
Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He is there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named Cowboy. He also spends three or four hours a day working with physical and occupational therapists at his home.
"When you have a stroke, here's the problem with it: Everything is hard. Everything," Gilbert told Crain's Detroit Business in his first interview since the stroke. “Like you wake up, getting out of bed is hard, going to the bathroom is hard, sitting down eating at a table is hard. You name it. You don't get a break. You're like trapped in your own body.”
Gilbert spent eight weeks at a rehabilitation center in Chicago last summer. He is able to walk with a cane and struggles to move his left arm.