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2014 Pediatric Stroke Fundraiser

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EVENT DATE: May 22, 2014

Kate Vohwinkle


I am fundraising for CHASA to draw awareness to pediatric stroke. My son Martin had 2 strokes before he was even born. CHASA was the first support community that really gave me hope amidst all the negative feedback I had gotten after his initial diagnosis. It has been an invaluable resource that I will always remain a supporter of. Please donate to help this wonderful organization. We will also be hosting an event on May 22nd in San Antonio.

The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) exists to help children – children who have survived an early brain injury that results in hemiplegia or hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body). We could tell you about all the difficulties and challenges faced by our survivors – paralysis, epilepsy (seizures), issues with learning, vision, balance, emotions and behavior – but those challenges don’t really define these kids. They are fun-loving, amazing children, teens, and adults who just want to be like everyone else and enjoy life and feel successful. They experience daily struggles and find ways to adapt. CHASA exists to help these children become happy, successful, independent adults and along we way, we also help their parents, siblings, and sometimes a few grandparents.

Pediatric Stroke - A Few Facts

Stroke in children is as common as childhood brain tumors, yet most people are unaware that infants and children can have strokes.

1 in 2800 babies and between 4 and 11 in 100,000 children will have a stroke each year. Pediatric stroke research is severely underfunded.

Raising funds and increasing awareness will lead to early diagnosis, treatment, and recognition that more dollars need to be directed toward pediatric stroke research.

Recognize early stroke.If your baby is showing a hand preference (left-handed or right-handed) before the age of 3, call your state's early intervention program and ask for an evaluation.

The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, CHASA, is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of children with hemiplegia in 1996 to provide information and support to families of children who have hemiplegia, hemiparesis, or hemiplegic cerebral palsy. These conditions are often caused by stroke in an infant and may also be the result of a number of different conditions.

CHASA is recognized as an international authority on the needs of children who have hemiplegic cerebral palsy. CHASA has partnered with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Office of Rare Diseases Research, and the Child Neurology Society to co-sponsor an international symposium where preeminent pediatric stoke researchers and pediatric neurologists could gather to discuss current developments in the field and future directions fin pediatric stroke research.

CHASA provides three informational websites, over 30 online discussion group with over 5000 members, plans and hosts an annual retreat for families of children who have hemiplegia, supports local family events through a small grant program, assists researchers in recruiting participants for research studies, provides family retreat scholarships, provides financial assistance to help families in need purchase hand and foot braces, and provides college and vocational school and athletic scholarships for young adults who have hemiplegia. In 2002, CHASA leaders founded Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day, the first Saturday in May which, in 2010, was expanded to Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.

CHASA sponsors programs and events under the names Hemi-Kids, Kids Have Strokes, Steak for Pediatric Stroke, and Strikes for Pediatric Stroke.

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