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Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp Receives RAISE Award from the National Stroke Association

November 01 2013

Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp received the Outstanding Group Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Award from the National Stroke Association.


The annual award recognizes those who are committed to raising stroke awareness on a local and national level. “It is an honor to be selected as the recipient of the RAISE Award out of more than 200 nominees,” says Beth Malina, stroke program coordinator of the Saint Elizabeth Stroke Center. Malina has helped coordinate the Lincoln area camp since its inception three years ago.


The Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp was founded by John and Marylee Nunley. After John suffered from a stroke in September 2001, Marylee decided to start a camp that would help stroke survivors, caregiver, and family members enjoy two stress-free days of fun-filled activities. The first camp was held in September 2004 in Peoria, Illinois, and has now grown to 20 camps throughout the United States.


The Lincoln area camp takes place in the summer at the Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center in Ashland, Nebraska. During the camp, the stroke survivors and their caregivers participate in arts and crafts, camp songs, good food and company, bonfires, games, fishing, boating and hiking.


“With more than 7 million stroke survivors in the United States, the camp is very much needed,” says Malina. “It is place for stroke survivors to go to feel normal again. To feel that they can do the things they once did before they suffered from a stroke.”


The Lincoln area camp is sponsored by The Lincoln Stroke Partnership -- a collaboration among Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Bryan Health and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.


It is estimated that only 20 percent of people know the signs and symptoms of a stroke. And with a stroke, every minute counts. To learn more about stroke awareness and prevention, please visit


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