U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, seen here in a YouTube video he posted on his website earlier this year, suffered a stroke in January. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Kirk's YouTube channel.)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was met with hugs and cheers as he reached a stair-climbing event's finish line on the 103rd floor of Chicago's Willis Tower.
It was his first public appearance since suffering a major stroke in January. The ``SkyRise Chicago'' charity fundraiser yesterday was hosted by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he receives treatment.
Kirk started walking from the 66th floor. He wore a brace on his left leg and gripped a handrail as he scaled the stairs.
His progress was monitored by a physical therapist, who said Kirk did not need any assistance.
The 53-year-old Republican senator has been releasing videos on his progress, including footage of him working with therapists and climbing stairs.
He continues to undergo rehabilitation.