Event to raise funds, awareness on World Stroke Day

Event to raise funds, awareness on World Stroke Day

UTICA — A World Stoke Day awareness and fundraising event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Schuyler Commons Apartment Complex, 1776 Independence Square.

According to organizers, every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke with a fatality from stroke occurring every 3 minutes and 33 seconds. However, organizers add, recognizing the signs of a stroke immediately, calling 911 and getting to the nearest stroke center as soon as possible could save your life or that of a loved one.

The public is invited to join organizers at the event which is slated to include:

  • Information on pre-hospital stroke care education;
  • Mercy Flight helicopter (dependent on weather) and ambulance exhibits;
  • Stroke survivors sharing their stories;
  • Doctors and other health care professionals sharing information on strokes and wellness;
  • Demonstrations on the most current options in stroke treatment;
  • Food trucks;
  • Vendors; and
  • Onsite entertainment.

The event will also include a basket raffle for artwork and other themed baskets as well as a grand prize raffle for a $1,000 cash prize.

Proceeds from the event will be split between RISE (Rehabilitative and Integrative Services for Everyone) and the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System. RISE works in collaboration with Inertia OT and PT Services and the Utica PBC House and is student-run to provide pro bono (free) services to underserved and vulnerable populations in the Mohawk Valley.

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