ARLINGTON, TX (October 23, 2012) – The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives of children and families affected by pediatric stroke and other causes of hemiplegia, recently won a Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Award for Outstanding Group from the National Stroke Association.
The RAISE Awards, which is a national program that recognizes individuals and groups for taking stroke awareness activities to new heights, were handed out at a ceremony held Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Downtown Denver Aquarium in Denver, CO. CHASA Board President, Jana White, and Vice President, Julie Ring, accepted the award on behalf of CHASA’s 5,000 families.
“For sixteen years, CHASA has been dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for families affected by hemiplegia and pediatric stroke. To be recognized for the work that our families do is an honor,” said Jana White, mother of a 5-year-old perinatal stroke survivor. “This award is for all of our CHASA families. We believe there is nothing more powerful than a family with a message, and our messages are being heard loud and clear,” added Julie Ring, mother of a 5-year-old perinatal stroke survivor.
CHASA families will be able to see their RAISE award at the annual CHASA retreat, during the summer of 2013.
CHASA is a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for children and families affected by pediatric stroke and hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Whether through discussion groups, educational fact sheets, the annual retreat, or parent to parent connections, CHASA helps children and families through the overwhelming and complex world that occurs after a child suffers a stroke. For more information, visit www.chasa.org.
Childhood stroke occurs in approximately 1 in 2,800 infants and between 2 and 13 in 100,000 children (ages 1 month to 18 years) each year. Children frequently have significant long-term disabilities after a perinatal stroke, including cognitive and sensory impairments, epilepsy, visual and behavioral difficulties, and cerebral palsy. Early identification and treatment is key to success for little stroke survivors.
About 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.