A Camping Experience for Stroke Survivors & Their Caregivers
In September of 2001 my husband, John, suffered a stroke at the age of 55, an event that changed our lives forever. Following the stroke, John couldn't speak, walk, or understand much of what was going on around him. As most stroke survivors know, the road to recovery can be quite challenging. We were no exception.
About two years after the stroke, I read an article about a camp for stroke survivors who had aphasia. After reading that story, I knew that I was meant to pursue the dream of having a similar camp in my community. My family has had a lifelong love of camping, so planning and executing the camp wasn't particularly frightening. With the help and support of countless individuals, we were able to realize our dream. The first camp was held in September of 2004.
As a result of our success at that first camp, the dream to hold a single camp in Illinois has now grown to include non-profit status and a national network of stroke camps for stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members.
The mission of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp is to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their families. This is accomplished through weekend retreats, as well as community stroke education and awareness events for the public.