Every year, almost 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and we are working to implement programs to educate people on the Prevention, Awareness, and Recovery of stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms saves lives, so we are spreading the awareness of BE-FASTER (balance, eyes, face, arms, speech, time for emergency respondents). Our Youth Education on Stroke helps educate 5th grade students on signs and symptoms and how to prevent stroke.
For those who are lucky enough to survive a stroke are often impacted for the rest of their lives, but they are not the only ones affected; the family members and friends who care for them also face life changes. And our Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp weekend retreats give stroke survivors and their families an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, discuss issues and learn from one another, plus much more! Here are some stories from recent campers:
-"The best part about camp is that we feel normal and part of a community. The volunteers and staff are concerned with our individual needs. It was awesome having help all weekend!"
-"It was a life changing weekend and our family is better for having attended."
-"The camp gave me the emotional space that I so needed to work through some of the frustration I felt around my husband's stroke. I made a lot of progress over the weekend, and am continuing to work through. This camp jump-started my progress."
-"As a teenager, the family Stroke Camp meant so much to me because I had a chance for the first time ever to talk about how my mom's stroke impacted me. My friends don't understand, but my Stroke Camp family does."