Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trivia Night, DVD Project and More

These items are reprinted from the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp bi-monthly newsletter
Join us for our semi-annual Trivia Night - this event always promises to be a great evening filled with camaraderie and laughter! The event is November 10, 2012 at Barracks Hospitality Group on Pioneer Parkway in Peoria, Illinois. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM. There will be a light meal, wine, beer, soda, and great fellowship. We will also have our usual silent auction and raffle baskets. Your registration fee of $30 per person or $240 per table of eight (8) will go towards supporting weekend summer camps for stroke survivors and families. This event is always a sellout, so be sure to sign up soon! For more information or to register, call 309-688-5450.
 We are putting the finishing touches on our next big project, a DVD designed to provide information for stroke survivors and their caregivers. It is intended to help them with the often difficult transition after discharge from the hospital. As our camps became more and more successful we found ourselves in a unique position to hear great advice from both survivors and caregivers.  This honest sharing of triumphs and failures from both survivors and caregivers is powerful and we felt that putting it together in a DVD would provide much needed support to others in the same situation. The DVD has video clips from dozens of survivors and caregivers who tell their true and heartfelt stories to others.
The working title is “You’ve Had A Stroke! Now What? Insights from Stroke Survivors and Caregivers.” It covers 17 separate topics from fatigue and aphasia to humor, support, creativity, and facing the public.  There is truly something for everyone.
This educational video, available by the end of the year, is designed for individuals, professionals, stroke centers, and the general public.  Final ordering details will be provided in the next newsletter or check on the website for further information. 
DIRECTOR’S CORNER by Executive Director Marylee Nunley
Well, last issue I promised some Stroke Camp stories, but I’m modifying my promise a bit. That’s because throughout the year I get some fabulous little notes and letters from campers, caregivers, and volunteers. These mean a lot to me and so I decided to share some of their comments with you. Those who wrote will remain anonymous:

“We were blessed to attend your Stroke Survivor Camp. It was wonderful. There it was in “living color”. There is life after a stroke!” 
“Thanks for such a rewarding and enjoyable weekend. My survivor and I truly loved every minute of the experience. Stroke Camp is fantastic”.  
“We finished breakfast at 1:00 pm after resting up from the best weekend camp we’ve ever attended!” 
“This was our first time at camp and we had a blast!! Hearing my husband along with a fellow survivor sing reminded me I need to encourage my husband to play piano more. The time flew too quickly, but we’ll be there next year.”  
“In looking at photos from last year compared to this year, the recovery is noticeable. No more walker, not even a cane.” 
So there it is, a little glimpse into what a few campers have said this year.
We are already thinking about camps for 2013 and hope to have a list of repeat camps as well as new ones in the next issue of our newsletter. 
Thank you Chuck Hofvander!  
 A big, big thanks to Chuck Hofvander who has been uploading the camp photos to our website. This takes a lot of time and computer expertise. We appreciate the hours and hard work you put into making these pictures available. Check them out at click "photo gallery". Thanks Chuck! 

 Flower Power was a fabulous way for us to boost our scholarship fund this year, where we made over $1,200! We will be offering the same fabulous products again next Spring. Watch the newsletter and your email inbox for details in early 2013. Liz reports that her first crop of strawberries from Flower Power plants were gorgeous, but eaten by the chipmunks. Her second crop, just harvested, were delicious and just for her! The power of perseverance.
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