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Raise Awards

The RAISE Awards annually recognizes individuals and groups across the country for taking stroke awareness activities to new heights. Awards are given in several categories and recognize people engaged in community-level awareness activities directly supporting National Stroke Association’s mission.

Fourth Annual RAISE Awards

Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence

Oct. 24, 2014

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Award Categories

Most Creative:

Honors an individual or group using creativity and originality to spread the word about stroke.

Most Impactful:

Honors an individual or group awareness activity that demonstrates proven improved patient or community outcomes.

Outstanding Individual:

Honors an individual making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.

Outstanding Group:

Honors a group of people making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.

Most Impactful Community Fundraising Effort: Honors an individual or group making a unique and impactful effort to raise funds and stroke awareness in their community.
Outstanding Support Group: Honors a stroke support group for making an innovative and robust impact on the lives of stroke survivors, caregivers and others impacted by support through connection, empowerment and education.
Voter's Choice:

This award honors an individual or group representing the best effort in raising stroke awareness. The winner of this award was chosen through an online voting contest.

Awards Timeline

The 2014 RAISE Awards cycle includes:

Nomination Period: July 1, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2014

Judging: September 2014

Voter's Choice: October 8 - 22, 2014

Winners Announced: Oct. 24, 2014

Meet this year's winners

Mount Carmel Stroke Outreach

Most Creative

Mount Carmel Stroke Outreach

 

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Susan Wilson

Outstanding Individual

Susan Wilson

 

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Most Impactful

Nancy Hermann

 

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Outstanding Group

Bergan Stroke Team

 

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The Suridis family

Most Impactful Community Fundraising Event

Suridis Family

 

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Marywood University Aphasia Group

Outstanding Support Group

Marywood University’s Aphasia Group

 

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RAISE Awards program is supported by funding provided by Colorado Business Bank and Genentech Inc.

Get inspired by past winners

Where are they now?

Joe Romanesco – Most Impactful Community Fundraising Event, 2012

Since receiving his RAISE award in 2012, Joe Romanesco is busier than ever! He volunteers as a peer mentor for patients, runs a stroke support group, and volunteers as a care minister for his local church. Joe had a bike made for him so that he can bike with one hand only. In 2014, he was able to use equipment that made it possible for him to downhill ski for the first time since his stroke!

Aphasia Lunch Bunch – Outstanding Support Group, 2012

In order to grow as a group and to have a bigger reach, the group partnered up with the City of Henderson, Nevada to hold even more community groups and events to raise awareness for aphasia. Their new activities include evening bonfires and antique shows. In the future they are planning to add more interactive activities, such as outdoor walks and bingo.

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Tom Watson – Outstanding Individual, 2011

A large part of Tom Watson’s emotional healing came in creating and sharing his art. He continues to create art as well as a T-shirt line inspired by his stroke experience. Tom uses his exhibitions and receptions as an opportunity to educate people about stroke, including the fact that it can happen to anyone at any age. Since his award, Tom was invited to a Stroke Forum held for health care professionals to speak and show his art.

View winners from 2011

 

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