Sunday, July 20, 2014

Director’s Corner - July/August Newsletter

Boy, exciting things are happening for Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp! The camp season has started and we’ve had a blast with the 50’s Rock ‘n Roll theme. Everyone seems to know at least some of the music from that era. Hula hoops, bubble gum, saddle shoes, and car hops help us to really rock it out this year. This year we will complete 20 camps which will bring our total since that first camp in 2004 to over 100 ! It is also exciting to report our overwhelming success with the Strike Out Stroke events that have been held already this year. These events allow us to get the F.A.S.T. message out to the masses (see related article in this newsletter). We have 11 down and seven (7) to go. We hope to grow these events even more next year.

Finally, I am thrilled to report that our corporate office has moved. We have found new office space where everything will be under the same roof. For several years, we have had things in four different places around town. When preparing for our camps, it requires going from place to place in order to gather all we need. Having everything under the same roof will be amazing. For the time being, our mailing address will remain the same. We have lots of work to do before the camp season gets crazy busy, but it will be well worth it. Next newsletter we will post some photos, especially Lauren near her window, the biggest criteria for our new space!
Marylee Nunley,
Executive Director


Now introducing the 2014 line of Stroke Camp and Strike Out Stroke™ merchandise! 

Strike Out Stroke™ shirts are $15 for M-XL $17 for 2XL and (bulk pricing available-call for more information) 

Hats are $20 each. 

The Stroke Camp merchandise this year is a zip-up hoodie in your choice of either white or light steel. Hoodies are $40 for S-XL and $45 for 2XL and 3XL. 

We will be bringing the zip-up hoodies to each of the camps to sell; however, order now if you want to guarantee your size and color. 

Order yours today at

Peoria, IL Area News

Fifth Grade Education - On June 1, we had our annual Strike Out Stroke game with the Peoria Chiefs. It was a great success! There were EMS personnel on hand, as well as many stroke survivors and caregivers. Fans in attendance received FAST magnets, cards, and stickers, and throughout the game, were educated on how to recognize a stroke. The winner of our fifth grade stroke poster contest, Slade Mulvaney from Beverly Manor in Washington, IL flew in the OSF LifeFlight helicopter, landed in centerfield, and threw out the first pitch of the game! Survivors made up the Dream Team and got to go on the field prior to the start of the game.
We would like to extend a big thanks to Genetech, a Member of the Roche Group for their help in sponsoring this event. 

We would also like to thank the following for being inning sponsors:

 Mid Illinois Co., 
Standard Heating & Cooling, 
Peoria Logo, 
Total Income Tax,, 
C.T. Gabbert Remodeling & Construction, 
Legacy Insurance, 
Lawns R Us, and 
Barracks Cater Inn  

Each time the Chiefs struck out a Cougar in the businesses respective inning, that business donated $50 to Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp!


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