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Stroke Recovery Canada Program of March of Dimes

  • Published: 2009-04-29 : March of Dimes Canada.
  • Synopsis: Stroke Recovery Canada program of March of Dimes Canada helps stroke survivors across the country to more easily re-engage in their communities

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Stroke Recovery Canada, a program of March of Dimes Canada, helps stroke survivors across the country to more easily re-engage in their communities, and affirm that there is meaningful and quality life after a stroke. With May designated as Stroke Recovery Awareness Month, Stroke Recovery Canada has increased its efforts to educate the public about stroke recovery.

Stroke Recovery Canada, a program of March of Dimes Canada holds a Photo Awareness Contest to celebrate Stroke Recovery Awareness Month.

Every ten minutes a Canadian will have a stroke. There are over 300,000 stroke survivors in Canada, and every year another 50,000 join their ranks.

Stroke Recovery Canada, a program of March of Dimes Canada, helps stroke survivors across the country to more easily re-engage in their communities, and affirm that there is meaningful and quality life after a stroke. With May designated as Stroke Recovery Awareness Month, Stroke Recovery Canada has increased its efforts to educate the public about stroke recovery.

As part of the awareness month campaign, the program created a photo contest called 'From Your View' inviting stroke survivors and their family members to submit original photos, showing how surviving a stroke has changed their view on disability, day-to-day life or the world around them.

The winning photo is titled "Stroke Vision", and was submitted by Jeff Wolfenden, a stroke survivor from Hamilton, ON. Kodak Canada provided the winner with a new Kodak Digital Photo-frame.

"The shot was taken at night in Toronto outside of Sick Kids Hospital. I shot hand held with a slow shutter speed producing a shot that reminded me of how my vision was directly after the stroke. I am happy to say that vision is much better now however the whole process is painfully slow," says Jeff.

Photos from four runner-ups are available at www.marchofdimes.ca.

"Jeff is just one of the thousands of Canadians who have survived a stroke and can share their personal experiences with stroke recovery," says Donna Mackay, Associate Director of National and Provincial Program for March of Dimes Canada.

"We celebrate Stroke Recovery Awareness Month in May to remind Canadian stroke survivors and healthcare professionals that many resources including community engagement and peer support are paramount for a successful and ongoing stroke recovery," she continues.

Stroke Recovery Canada a program of March of Dimes Canada, is a national service offering post-recovery support, education and programs for stroke survivors, their families and health care providers. Through its work with local peer support groups, Stroke Recovery Canada provides Canadians with the resources needed to survive and thrive after stroke.

For information or to join Stroke Recovery Canada call the Warmline at 1-888-540-6666 or visit the Stroke Recovery Canada website at www.strokerecoverycanada.com.

March of Dimes Canada (www.marchofdimes.ca) is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.



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