MCM Grant Awarded for Stroke Support Social Events

Stroke Awareness Oregon (SAO) received a grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in 2019 to help start their support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers. Part of the money was earmarked for social events. As the Stroke Support Group discussed the possibilities, they decided to use the money to have a holiday party in November and a paint party in December. 

Part of the reason for this is that the holidays can be very difficult on stroke survivors and their caregivers. The holiday season is full of social events, eating, music and conversation. Often times they’re either excluded from the events or the events are difficult on those recovering. 

These holiday events are a great opportunity to offer the same events surrounded by people who know and understand. 

At the November Stroke Support Group, the group met at The Phoenix Restaurant’s Bellevue Room for a holiday party. Appaloosa Duo (Eli and Dotty Ashley) performed original music and donated gifts were given to guests at the event. One of the attendees whose husband suffered a serious stroke several years ago. “Bill and I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to give our stroke support group members a fun social night with great live music, food, and friendship. We are not included in most parties by family and friends due to the stigma associated with handicaps and this informal fun event was just what we craved. Thank you so much!” 

The group’s December meeting will be at the SAO office at 695 SW Mill View Way in Bend. Stroke survivors will have the opportunity to paint a holiday themed painting, led by Traveling Canvas Painting Party’s Jeannie Sousa. Guests will be able to enjoy holiday treats and music while they paint and socialize.