Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Mark of a Volunteer


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http://www.unitedstrokealliance.org/


United Stroke Alliance in partnership with Medtronic launched a new resource for Stroke Support Groups called The Booster Box. Included in the box is everything a leader needs to conduct a support group meeting for up to 24 attendees.

To receive your free Booster Box please call our office at 
309-688-5450 or email info@strokecamp.org to request yours. 

Subscriptions will be available for purchase and information will be inside your free box.  

Show Me The Booster Box
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For cell phones, holding in landscape position (long side toward your lap), will give the best presentation.
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Recently I had a medical issue. Well it was actually only the flu, but medical issue sounds more dramatic. Anyway, because of that medical issue, I was unable to attend the August Rockford, Illinois camp. 


Hi, I'm Cheri. I'm here to help.
How do I have to get Chuck out of trouble this time?


One of our very active volunteers, Cheri, who was not scheduled for this camp, gave up a vacation day from her job to perform my Friday through Sunday camp duties. 



I will be eternally grateful for her help.

Cheri is also the coordinator and pit boss for the camp's Thursday night Bingo volunteers. Every Thursday the Tazewell Bingo Center allows us to assist them for the night which helps us raise funds to support our nation wide camps. 

Tazewell Bingo Center gives back to the community by supporting 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charities. We are one of many charities taking advantage of this opportunity. Tazewell Bingo Center's mission is to support such nonprofits, thereby allowing charity services to remain in Central Illinois.

Cheri was assigned to a few of the same camps I was so I thought I would show some of the pictures I took of her while there. 



She also takes pictures at the camp and performa other duties such as assisting stroke survivors with crafts and other events we provide.   






One of the sponsoring hospital volunteer nurses, Kim, is here assisting Cheri with craft materials.                                                                                                                                 

The camp Cheri and I staffed in June had a really nice swimming pool and the weather was perfect for swimming. 







Many of the stroke survivors took advantage of that opportunity, and Cheri, with other volunteers, joined them to ensure their comfort and safety.
Here she is with volunteers Lori, Amanda and Georgia.


On Friday nights we always try to have a marshmallow roast outdoors, and make what are called S'mores. S'mores are Graham Crackers sandwiches with a roasted marshmallow for the meat. Very sweet and very good. If you have attended any camp or cook-out you probably know what I'm talking about. The recipe dates back to the 1920's, so, if you haven't heard of them until now, I have finally contributed something wonderful to society .   

This particular Friday night it rained so no campfire was possible, but does that stop us? No, no. We just move indoors and ignore the ole meany weather.




Ha, HA! Canned heat! Yep, we try to think of everything to keep the camp fun going. 

Michelle and Amanda will not be daunted by rainy weather either.



Would you believe that a stroke survivor, unable to function on one whole side of their body plus not able to communicate fluently, would be able to zip down a zip-line...ALONE? Well they can and they do, and you can't imagine how powerful that simple event makes them feel. Guess who assists them to make that happen? 



This is at the Illinois camp. We staff over 30 camps every year all over the U.S. and we are still growing. Whenever we see a zip-line at any of our camp grounds you can bet there will be a stroke survivor on it before the weekend is over. 

But back to Cheri. If anyone deserves an award for volunteer services it would be Cheri and it should be an award as famous as the movie's Oscar. Well there is one but guess what? 


Chuck, Can we put this down now? Chuck?
Amanda, lets put this thing down.
20 snapshots are enough.
Cheri is the one handing them out.