Helping Canadians Survive and Thrive after a stroke

    - Stroke Recovery Canada(R), a program of March of Dimes Canada holds a
    Photo Awareness Contest to celebrate Stroke Recovery Awareness Month

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Every ten minutes a Canadian will have a
stroke. There are over 300,000 stroke survivors in Canada, and every year
another 50,000 join their ranks.
    Stroke Recovery Canada(R), a program of March of Dimes Canada, helps
stroke survivors across the country to more easily re-engage in their
communities, and affirm that there is meaningful and quality life after a
stroke. With May designated as Stroke Recovery Awareness Month, Stroke
Recovery Canada(R) has increased its efforts to educate the public about
stroke recovery.
    As part of the awareness month campaign, the program created a photo
contest called 'From Your View' inviting stroke survivors and their family
members to submit original photos, showing how surviving a stroke has changed
their view on disability, day-to-day life or the world around them.
    The winning photo is titled "Stroke Vision", and was submitted by Jeff
Wolfenden, a stroke survivor from Hamilton, ON. Kodak Canada provided the
winner with a new Kodak Digital Photoframe.
    "The shot was taken at night in Toronto outside of Sick Kids Hospital. I
shot hand held with a slow shutter speed producing a shot that reminded me of
how my vision was directly after the stroke. I am happy to say that vision is
much better now however the whole process is painfully slow," says Jeff.
    Photos from four runner-ups are available at
    "Jeff is just one of the thousands of Canadians who have survived a
stroke and can share their personal experiences with stroke recovery," says
Donna Mackay, Associate Director of National and Provincial Program for March
of Dimes Canada.
    "We celebrate Stroke Recovery Awareness Month in May to remind Canadian
stroke survivors and healthcare professionals that many resources including
community engagement and peer support are paramount for a successful and
ongoing stroke recovery," she continues.

    Stroke Recovery Canada(R) a program of March of Dimes Canada, is a
national service offering post-recovery support, education and programs for
stroke survivors, their families and health care providers. Through its work
with local peer support groups, Stroke Recovery Canada(R) provides Canadians
with the resources needed to survive and thrive after stroke.
    For information or to join Stroke Recovery Canada call the Warmline(R) at
1-888-540-6666 or visit the Stroke Recovery Canada website at

    March of Dimes Canada ( a nationally registered
charitable organization providing support services to people with
disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Ruth Kapelus, Public Relations Coordinator,
March of Dimes Canada, 10 Overlea Blvd. Toronto, ON, M4H 1A4, Phone: (416)
425-3463 ext. 7254, Toll Free: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7254, Fax: (416) 425-1920,,

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