Local volunteers canvassing for stroke survivors and caregivers


Local volunteers canvassing for stroke survivors and caregivers
Stroke survivor Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart understands importance of March of Dimes Canada’s After Stroke program

For immediate release: Stroke touches thousands of Canadians each year. It touches their families, friends, colleagues, and health care providers, too – nobody is unaffected. Survivors are also living longer, which raises the question: what do you do after a stroke?

Fortunately, March of Dimes Canada is there to help people find answers.

After Stroke brings together programs, services, resources, and tools that survivors and caregivers can use to navigate life after stroke. 

“It fills a real need,” says legendary wrestler Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. “As a stroke survivor, I can tell you that it’s scary. You don’t know where to turn after you’re discharged from hospital. You don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s where After Stroke comes in.”

After Stroke is designed to be useful for survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals. It includes peer support groups, a hospital visitation program, information on how to modify your home, and much more. 

“People need that support when they go home, and when they get back out into their communities again,” Hart continues. “The need is there, and it’s growing.”

That’s why March of Dimes Canada’s annual Community Canvass Campaign​ is raising funds for After Stroke this year. Volunteers are going door-to-door in communities across Ontario collecting donations that will go directly to supporting stroke survivors and caregivers. 

‘Our goal is to raise $300,000 this year,” Hart adds.

You can find out more about After Stroke at afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca 

You can donate to the Community Canvass Campaign, or sign up as an online canvasser, at marchofdimes.ca/afterstrokecampaign

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For more information, please contact:
Tina Siegel, PR and Media Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
Office: 416.425.3463 ext. 7258
Cell: 416.606.0541
Email: tsiegel@marchofdimes.ca 
www.marchofdimes.ca


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