Many new beginnings are happening at United Stroke Alliance. New staff members, our “Farm-2-Table” event, the Can-a-thon program, and the Booster Box are
just some of the great ideas coming from the organization. Click the link below to read more on the topic of interest to you.
The Booster Box
The Booster Box was Marylee’s brainchild coming from her desire to make the great stroke support groups around the country even better. The boxes will
be available monthly to stroke coordinators or those who lead stroke support groups. They will include fresh ideas, activities, and often treats for
those attending support groups. The first boxes are in the planning stage and will be available very soon. Stay tuned for information about the launch
of this new program under United Stroke Alliance. Some ideas of themes for the meetings include “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a “Hawaiian Luau,” “Tailgate
Party,” “Game Night,” and guided discussion time. Holiday themed boxes will liven up any Christmas, Halloween, or Fourth of July party.
Thank You Medtronic
Medtronic has approved a grant for Primary and Secondary Stroke Prevention Program. Beginning in the near future, Medtronic will be participating in our
stroke events, offering information in the newsletter and purchasing 675 Booster Boxes for distribution to their hospital customers.
Who doesn’t want to eat healthy food that is close to the source? That is the idea behind Farm-2-Table, a fundraising event that will happen in two separate
locations this year. First, on July 13, 2017 in Kansas City at The Guild, and a second one on August 5, 2017 in Peoria at Eastport Marina. These fundraising
events will provide information on United Stroke Alliance to attendees as well as provide financial support for our programs.
The Can-a-thon is a voluntary food donation program in which campers and volunteers will be invited to bring some food or other item that will be donated
to a local food bank. We hope this program will give those attending any of our 30+ camps this year an opportunity to give back to their community
while contributing to something bigger than themselves. Our hope is to donate one TON of combined donated food and supplies to those in need all across
the country by the end of the camp season.
Strike Out Stroke
Since 2009, Strike Out Stroke has been a big part of our national stroke awareness. After seven seasons working with minor and major league baseball, we
are expanding our efforts through other venues such as racquet ball, basketball, football and hopefully soccer in 2017. Julie Olson and Ken Stone with
TLC Marketing will be leading our efforts to help us build our brand recognition and revenue. By the next newsletter, we hope to have some exciting
news for everyone.
Doug Pinter, a pro golfer and co-owner of Anytime Fitness in Peoria, Illinois has offered to help raise funds for United Stroke Alliance during this year’s
golf tour. If you happen to see Doug on the golf tour, take a look at his golf bag…..he has the United Stroke Alliance logo on it! Wishing Doug
the best on the tour and look forward to working with him on future events.
Mark Belk from Omaha, Nebraska has now become an active member of the National Board of Directors. Meri McIntire and Anne Grawey, both from Peoria have
joined the Peoria Area Advisory Board. Larry, Marylee and all of us at United Stroke Alliance are deeply grateful to these individuals for their guidance
Stroke Camp Quilt Fundraiser
Sarah Christy, long-time volunteer has created two (2) quilts from the various shirts from each camp season and has graciously donated two of these quilts
as a fundraiser for United Stroke Alliance. A sample quilt will travel to camps and raffle tickets will soon be sold at camps and through our online
Stroke Camp Shop. The cost of tickets is $5.00 for one (1), three (3) for $10.00, and seven (7) for $20.00. At the conclusion of the Stroke Camp season,
two names will be drawn from the bowl will each win a marvelous quilt commemorating 13 years of Stroke Camp. You may purchase as many tickets as you
would like through www.strokecampshop.org. The winner will be drawn at the fall Trivia Night in Peoria
on November 11th.