NBHS ’86 alum, stroke victim turned NYC entrepreneur


Yael Alkalay was a Columbia University grad student enjoying a ski vacation, when suddenly, the 20-something couldn’t speak.

She couldn’t move her right hand. Or her right arm.

It was “like being fully aware but totally trapped in my body,” recalled Alkalay, a 1986 New Bedford High School alum.

An ambulance took her to a hospital in Grenoble. She was flown to Boston, where it was determined that a tear in her carotid artery released plaque into her brain and caused a stroke. It was “caused by a combination of being at high-altitude and the length of my neck,” she said.

But the stroke was a life-changing moment in more ways the one:

It sparked Alkalay’s idea for her business, Red Flower: an all-natural, toxin-free, vegan self-care beauty and home lifestyle company.

The connection?

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