Sunday, February 5, 2017

Family Camp

We do around 28 stroke camps all over the country where we enrich the lives of about 2,000 stroke survivors and their caregivers every year. Each year one of  these camps is a family camp we do locally in Illinois where their children and grand children are invited also. Normally we don't include children at the camps because we have our hands full with the stroke survivors and giving the caregivers a chance to take it easy for a weekend. However, once a year we do because families are important to us also and they need a chance to see that their grownups can have fun too in spite of their limitations caused by stroke. Here are some photos taken at the Living Springs camp grounds in Lewistown, Illinois to give you just a little flavor of what camp is like.
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This is how we get stuff to and from camps
The Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp Executive Director, Marylee, and Her Husband, John.
RRSC is now a division of United Stroke Alliance.



This is a drum circle
This is Susan who makes the drum circle fun




This is Anne, one of our terrific volunteers








This is Sarah the Family Camp Director




Stroke survivors at their discussion group

This is Pat and Tony, two more of our terrific volunteers







Loading up the People Mover

The People Mover


Weather permitting we make "smores"

On the right is Monica our best camp photographer

We have skits after meal time. They are crazy fun.
"Oh please, no more skits after mealtime."

We have mini seminars by medical professionals



Our first United Stroke Alliance CEO, Larry, on the right



Magic Night with professional magician









We were fortunate to have a fishing lake at the campsite



Then all that stuff goes back to the office the same way, or sometimes directly on to another camp


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