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Stroke Survivors Head Off to Camp

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments

About 100 stroke survivors and caregivers boarded buses at the Sutter Cancer Center Friday, Sept. 27, that were taking them to the 11th annual Sutter Stroke Camp at the Silver Spur campgrounds in Tuolumne.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

A stroke survivor gets on the bus taking him to the Sutter Stroke Camp.

Founded and organized by the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, the Sutter Stroke Camp was the first of its kind in the United States and has spawned other, similar stroke camps across the nation. The camp begins on Friday evening and ends Monday morning, when the campers catch buses back to Sacramento.

Stroke patient Fannie Griffin, left, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento physical therapist Sue Coleman get ready to board the bus.

Stroke patient Fannie Griffin, left, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento physical therapist Sue Coleman get ready to board the bus.

When the Sutter Stroke Camp began, many of the stroke survivors never thought they’d be able to enjoy the great outdoors again. This fun and life-changing camp experience offers a unique opportunity to build friendships with other stroke survivors, participate in rehabilitation and learn more about stroke in an outdoor environment that promotes healing. Volunteers and clinicians take the stroke survivors on nature walks and organize campfires. The most popular activities include arts and crafts, bingo and a dance.

Stroke Camp is funded through donations to the Sutter Neuroscience Institute Stroke Camp Fund. The fund is managed by the foundations at both Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments