WALK and ROLL for APHASIA

THIS YEAR (2014) IN LIEU OF THE ANNUAL WALK and ROLL for APHASIA

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN COMM DIS ARE SPONSORING

the First (Annual?) “STRIKE for STROKE”

FOR MORE INFO, SEE NEWS & EVENTS

Come Join Us for the 4th Annual Walk & Roll for Aphasia

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

REGISTRATION starts at 10am

Sweetser Park in downtown Amherst

Main & Lessey Streets (across from the Amherst Police Station)

Join us for a 2.5 mile walk or roll from downtown to campus and back, followed by light refreshments, music, and raffle prizes

Registration $10

T-shirts $10

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The 3rd Annual Walk and Roll for Aphasia was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Donations totalled over $4,000 and will be put to good use in continuing programs to further aphasia awareness, outreach, education and research.

A HEARTFELT THANKS to

Jeri, Jess, Chelsey, Julia, Jenna, & Christina for their committed efforts to pull it off without a hitch;

Officer Mark W for supporting the event;

Ingrid for being our fearless spokeswoman;

Donna D, Linda L, and Tim A for their phenomenal fundraising skills;

Lianne, Donald F, Melissa B, Heather M, Sandra D, the Ginsburg family, Steve/Sherry, Peter/Christianne, Nancy/Stephen, and Sarah F for their very generous donations;

and all of the stroke survivors, family, friends, supporters, and students who showed up to volunteer and walk this year in support of Aphasia Awareness!

Graduate students in the department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are coordinating the 3rd annual Walk in the hopes of raising stroke and aphasia awareness in the community and to raise funds to benefit local outreach efforts and support clinical research. This research seeks to improve the lives of individuals with this language disorder.

Aphasia is a an impairment in the ability to speak, understand speech, read, and/or write. It results from damage to the brain, most often due to stroke.

Aphasia is NOT an impairment of intelligence, but rather the loss of the ability to communicate effectively. This may dramatically reduce a person’s access to normal social, vocational and recreational opportunities.

According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 40 seconds a person has a stroke in the U.S. and about one fifth of these result in aphasia. Despite the large number of people affected by stroke and aphasia, public awareness remains relatively low.

The Walk and Roll for Aphasia will begin, rain or shine, on the Amherst Commons on Saturday, April 14th. Check in begins at 10:00 am.

If you’re interested in participating, donating, volunteering, or have questions for us, please contact us at umass.aphasiawalk@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!