2013 RAISE Winners Announced
Jim Baranski announces the 2013 RAISE Award winners
Seven Extraordinary Stroke Efforts Recognized
Denver, CO—National Stroke Association announces
the recipients of its Third Annual Raising Awareness In Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards. Winners were judged on their creativity, impact on the community and
commitment to stroke awareness.
The names of the winners were released today through a video announcement
shared across the stroke community. Seven award recipients were named representing
individuals and groups from across the country, chosen from over 200
“RAISE awards recognize the leaders and champions in the stroke
community,” said Jim Baranski, CEO, National Stroke Association. “The winners,
and all the applicants, are to be congratulated for the hope and support they
bring to millions of stroke survivors and their families every day.”
New this year, the public was invited to vote for their favorite
runner-up in the Voter’s Choice award. Nearly 16,000 people participated in the
Most Creative: National Park
The National Park Services and California State East Bay University’s
Aphasia Treatment Program and a group of stroke and brain injury survivors
worked together creatively to develop a unique park guide.
Most Impactful: Aphasia Recovery
Connection Social Media Website
Dow and Christine Huggins developed a social media site to lessen the profound
isolation many stroke survivors feel.
Most Impactful Community Fundraising Event: Somers
Walk for Stroke
walk is organized by two sisters Lisa Mitchell and Valerie Goodwin from Somers,
New York. The walk is an inspiration to the members of their community and
Outstanding Group: Retreat and
Refresh Stroke Camp
Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camps offers stroke survivors and their caregivers opportunities
to meet one another and take part in group projects and games.
Outstanding Individual: Johan de Roos
perseverance, honesty, humor and love Johan de Roos re-learned to speak, walk,
and drive. Now he raises the spirits of many other survivors. He conducts
aphasia awareness training programs, supports research, and raises awareness
Outstanding Support Group: International
Alliance for Pediatric Stroke
group developed a comprehensive website filled with helpful, credible information
for new families affected by stroke.
Voter’s Choice: Alexis
Alexis wrote new lyrics and remixed a popular song, Everybody Talks by Neon Trees. North
Hills Hospital’s Primary Stroke Program created an educational
video demonstrating what happens when a stroke patient arrives at
National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association is
the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its
efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on
prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.
Its mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke.
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