Amy Wooddell (24 years old) was left motionless and speechless after surviving a brain stem stroke. Words started to form from her mouth but came out as faint whispers. As those words became more vocal she told her husband, of 4 months, that she loved him... and that she wanted an orange popsicle. Over and over again she would mouth the word...popsicle. Soon sentences were formed and the craving for something other than a pink swab dunked in water was intensifying. Once she was moved to an inpatient rehab facility in Chicago, she had to take a "Swallow Test". She passed! Afterwards, the rehab case worker went out and purchased a box of orange popsicles for her and her family. This was the first food outside of water and Jevity.
Mission: To build and support the community of young stroke survivors, and their loved ones, by raising awareness and funds, while contributing to ongoing research of stroke in young people.
Vision: To reverse the assumption that stroke only affects the elderly.
National Orange Popsicle Week is an annual awareness and fundraising campaign in the third week of May. You can help us by learning the signs of a stroke and educating people around you. If you can not join us for anything locally, gather some friends and some popsicles and take a picture.
Throughout the year we rally together as a community to contribute to this vision. While most of our impact will be social network based, we will have events and appearances planned throughout the year.
Outside of the week itself, we promote education and awareness of stroke in young people. We love to visit schools, churches, companies... whatever. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information about speaking engagements.
We understand the impact & severity of a stroke, however we use the orange popsicle as a symbol of hope & joy!
WHAT IS A STROKE?