The ICE team received the following “Thank-You” from Michele Siem for several staff who generously gave their time to our community:
I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the Stroke Fair on Saturday, May 19th, and Strike Out Stroke Sunday, May 20. We had over 30 participants who were screened at the Stroke Fair. We were able to identify several people who were at high risk and required follow-up. Without the help of many people, the day would not have been as successful as it was. I will try to remember all that assisted and if I do not mention you, it is simply that I forgot:
- First I would like to thank Mark and Charmaine for all the publicity we had for the day, for taking the reservations and providing reminder phone calls. A special thanks also to Mark Baros. Mark volunteered to do all of the filming of the interviews with the Denver Mayor Hancock, the pre-game ceremonies, which featured introduction of the victims of stroke. Mark is also currently editing his product and working with Genentech to send the film to all major league baseball teams to help educate the nation about stroke. The Colorado Rockies were the first baseball team to sponsor a Strike out Stroke game and help to get education out to the public about this leading killer of Americans. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability.
- I would like to thank the Platte Valley Ambulance Service Staff for coming and helping us out, especially Carl who not only was present Saturday (and was the only one who remembered to bring a camera), but he also volunteered himself and his family to help pass out magnets for Strike out Stroke on Sunday.
- Gentry and Francesca not only helped screen patients on Saturday, they helped with set-up and tear-down. Gentry and Don helped on Sunday as well.
- Gloria from Nutrition was the highlight of the day on Saturday. Patients were waiting in line to see her. Thank you so much Gloria for providing your expertise.
- Wendy and Dr. Kakkar provided great summary evaluations for the patients. They were able to interpret all the information that was obtained by the assessments and provide patients with suggestions to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
- And finally, for all of our Strike out Stroke volunteers: Bree Almgren and family, Michele Siem, Caleb Siem and Emily, Carl Craigle and family, Gentry Mansur and Don Pruitt, Mary Feeney and family, Curtis May, and Krista Payne and her family. Also in attendance for the game was Merrilee Phillips and husband and Dr. Kakkar and his family.
As we have more of these community events I notice that the participants are made up of people who have been coming to PVMC for years, those who are just learning about us, and those that had stopped coming but our giving us another chance. We had people from each of these groups on the 19th. It really feels good when you are able to take someone who was giving us another chance and they tell you they will be coming back to PVMC. The feeling that you get from that “win” makes the volunteering on your day off well worth it.
Thanks again to all of the staff that volunteered and helped make our first Stroke Fair and Strike Out Stroke a success!