Our son Maxwell was diagnosed with a massive stroke on the left side of his brain only 24 hours after he was born. Did you know that children, babies and unborn babies could have strokes? Neither did I or my husband. We were lucky because many parents don't get that diagnosis until their child is 6 months old and some children don't make it at all. What is pediatric stroke? It is a stroke that can happen to children, babies, and unborn babies. Strokes happens in about 1 in 4,000 live births. The risk of stroke from birth through age 18 is almost 11 in 100,000 children per year. Strokes are slightly more common in children under age 2. Boys and African-American children are at higher risk for stroke than other groups (www.stroke.org). We are luckier than most - Maxwell will be 6 in April.
Help us raise $5,000 this year for for an organization called The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). This is our 5th concert to raise money for CHASA.org and to raise awareness about pediatric stroke. They help children who are stroke survivors as well as their parents. They provide information about pediatric stroke and even help children with a stroke obtain scholarships for camps/colleges. They also help parents pay for orthotics when some insurance companies don't. CHASA provides information on children's IEPs, one handed activities and so much more. CHASA has been great for our families and this is our way of giving back - please give what you can.