News and Events

Pictured left to right: Cynthia, Seth, and Maryellen Cranston of Cranston Christmas Tree Farm presenting a check for $850 in donations to Jacquie Kurland, Steve Clark, and Mike Svelnis of the UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group on January 10, 2023.

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A hearty THANK YOU to the Cranston Christmas Tree Farm** and their customers for their generous donation of $850 to the UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group!


Several of our members took a field trip out to the Cranston’s Christmas Tree Farm in Ashfield on December 4th. It was our first time there, but it won’t be our last! They have gorgeous trees – pre-cut and cut-your-own, hand-made wreaths and maple products.  And where else can you see…     an elf crawling through a piece of tree-baling equipment?!?

Special thanks to Maryellen Cranston for tracking us down and offering to put up a donation jar during the Christmas season. Their generosity will support our Stroke Awareness campaign and events. Stay tuned for more information on the next event.




(Old news…)

Sunday, April 13, 2014 – 2-4pm

First annual “STRIKE for STROKE” Stroke and Aphasia Awareness/Fundraising event at the Northampton Bowling Alley.


Strike For Stroke Flier

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Don’t miss the fourth annual Walk & Roll for Aphasia Awareness!!!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Graduate students, in conjunction with the UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group, are pleased to announce the film screening of the award-winning documentary, 9000 Needles. This film chronicles the struggles and triumphs of a young stroke survivor and his family as they follow an unconventional journey to overcome the devastating consequences of stroke.

Please join us at 1pm in the UMass Amherst Campus Center, Room 101, for the screening and a Q/A following the film hosted by licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Benjamin Feeley.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Click here for directions to the Campus Center, parking, etc.



MAY 2012

10th Annual Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum:
Celebrating 10 years of Honoring, Educating and Connecting

May 9, 2012 9am-2pm, Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield, MA


JAN 2012

Jacquie Kurland (PI), Director of the Brain Research on Chronic Aphasia (BRoCA) Lab, was awarded a 5-year, $1.757 million grant from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders/National Institutes of Health (NIDCD/NIH) to investigate treatment-induced neuroplasticity in chronic aphasia. This longitudinal study will provide intensive speech therapy for 24 individuals with chronic moderate-to-severe aphasia, while measuring changes in language, brain activation, and quality of life.

We are in the process of recruiting participants. If you have had a stroke and are experiencing problems with you speech, please contact us:

Polly Stokes, M.S., CCC-SLP, BRoCA Lab Manager

(413) 545-4008


Jacquie Kurland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

(413) 545-4007


OCT 2011

Kelly Johnson and Julia Parker, 2nd year graduate students in Speech Language Pathology and research assistants in the BRoCA lab, were awarded travel fellowships to attend a 2-day training workshop on coding, transcription, analysis and scoring of aphasic discourse at Carnegie Mellon University.

SEPT 2011

Fall Golf Tournament to benefit retired Asst. Fire Chief Tim Atteridge – Sept. 26 at Hickory Ridge Country Club. For more info, please see attached TEA_golf_flyer_(1)[1] (fllyer) and TEA_golf_reg_form_(1)[1] (registration form).

Recycling Drive / Fundraiser to support medical bills for Dr. Stephen Jefferson on Sept. 17 from 9am-1pm at Fort River School, 70 South East Street in Amherst. More information can be found on Facebook – look for the Amherst Recycling Drive to Benefit Dr. Jefferson event.

MAY 2011

MAY 11, 2011


We Invite You To Join Us At The:
American Heart Association’s Pioneer Valley
Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum
Making the Stroke Connection
Life After Stroke: You Are Not Alone


2nd Annual Walk for Aphasia was a great success! MANY THANKS to the graduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders, including the coordinators of this year’s Walk (Jackie Venezia, Cara Sullo, Donna Rhicard, Alicia Kellogg, Caitlin Almeida, and Alex Schauffele), to the UMass Police for their invaluable assistance (thank you Mark & James), to the scads of graduate and undergraduate volunteers, to the businesses who contributed food/water (Whole Foods, Bruegger’s Bagels, Atkins Farms, and Big Y) and to all the Walkers and their sponsors!