The Online Newsletter of Stroke Life Society

"United In Pursuit Of Living And Helping Others"
October 2013
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Calling all Co-Survivors................

We are very happy to announce that we've added a Co-Survivor Support Group.  After three years and 210 support meetings mainly focused on improving the prospects of stroke survivors, Stroke Life Society's attention has turned to those also affected by the incidence of a stroke - the Co-Survivor.  This group will meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at St. Frances de Chantal in Wantagh at 11am.  Conveniently scheduled the same place and time as our regular Stroke Support Group - just different rooms, of course.
 Partners and a Place to Bring Us Together............
This summer, Stroke Life Society partnered with the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) which serves as a hub for a collaboration of volunteer agencies that help people make a difference in their communities.  Their main focus this past year has been to help Long Islanders who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  With donated office/warehouse space at  the LIVC in Bethpage and working with disaster case managers from agencies such as Catholic Charities, American Red Cross and FEMA - Stroke Life Society's Recycled Medical Equipment and Supply Program was capable of donating over 400 items to those in need between the months of April 2013 and August 2013.  Additionally, The American Red Cross considered outfitting their Conex boxes with wheelchairs to assist their clients in future ARC Shelters.  Stroke Life Society's quick response and coordination resulted in a seamless effort to supply all 20 wheelchairs needed.  Click here for more info

We are very thankful for our new association with the Long Island Volunteer Center which has enabled us to create new partnerships and strengthen old ones.  Quoting Helen Keller: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."  It's an honor to work with such wonderful people who are truly making a difference in the lives of others!! 
Local Veterans Come To Our Rescue.................

This past August, Stroke Life Society had to say goodbye to our temporary home at the Long Island Recovery Center in Bethpage. Not only did we have to move a warehouse full of medical equipment, but we needed to find a place to store it- quickly!  That's when our friends at the Hicksville VFW and Levittown American Legion Post 1711 came to the rescue -as they have done so many times before.  With their help and support, the items were moved out of Bethpage and some are now being stored at the Hicksville VFW.   Thank you Veterans!!  

Falling Down?.........................

Due to clashes with Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season, the last Guest Speaker Meeting of 2013 will be on Wednesday, October 23rd at 1pm. 
Please note the change of venue. 
Dr Rosario Accardi's talk on "Fall Prevention" will be held at the Hicksville Athletic Center, 167 Broadway, Hicksville NY 11801.
"I didn't fall, the floor just needed a hug"
~ Author Unknown
Comedy Night Fundraiser....................

Thursday November 7th will be our much anticipated Comedy Night at Governors. Long Island's Best Comedian elect for 2013, Chris Monty, will be with us again! Please join us for a night of Fun and Laughter. Tickets are a $25 donation and must be purchased in advance.
Please Click Here for more details and to order your tickets now.

Holiday Breakfast and Trip to RadioCity.......... 
Join us for this Special Holiday Event!!   
Tuesday December 3rd 2013
Meet for Holiday Breakfast at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho at 10am.   
Bus will pick us up at 12pm and take us to Radio City to see the  
Christmas Spectacular.   
Bus will return back to Milleridge Inn at around 5pm. If you can't make the show, please join us for our Holiday Breakfast. 
Breakfast and Show (includes bus) - $90
Show only (includes bus) - $75
Breakfast only - $20
*** Tickets are Limited So RESERVE NOW ***
Email to make your reservation.
Please include all information ON THIS FORM in your email
Make check out to Stroke Life Society
Then mail check with completed form to:
Stroke Life Society
PO Box 735
East Meadow NY 11554


US Army Ranger, Cpl. Josh Hargis, is pictured here saluting his commanding officer during a Purple Heart Ceremony in his hospital room. Cpl. Hargis was thought to be unconscious. 
Pelted with shrapnel, Hargis suffered for nearly 2 hours before he was brought to an Army Hospital in Afghanistan. He was unable to open his eyes and breathing tubes were in his mouth, yet he raised his right arm to his brow in salute. A picture paints a thousand words.  What immediately comes to mind is Unbroken, Valor, Honor, Fortitude, Strength, Undying Will, Commitment, Love, Miraculous......  Let us never forget the sacrifices made for our freedom. And remember the power of the human spirit within us all.

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.  The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated, it is finished when it surrenders." 
~ Ben Stein  
Survivor Spotlight..................

Name: Lou Macolino
Age:  69 
Lives In: Smithtown, NY
Date of stroke:  February 21st 2009 
Type of stroke:  Ischemic  
Initial Deficits:  Couldn't walk,  poor speech,  balance difficulty, extremely impulsive, pushing syndrome  
Improvements: Remarkable!
"Sweet Lou"
A long time member of Stroke Life Society, Lou Macolino has imbued all of us with his zest for life, touching wisdom and his unflagging sense of humor (and timing!). Lou was not humbled by his stroke but emboldened by it to move forward with dignity. He is a life enhancer whose bravery and intuitive grasp of reality epitomized for all us the enduring warrior spirit of a survivor.
 Blessed with the support of his loving wife, Linda, and their sons, Lou has endeared himself to all by bringing joy and laughter into those lives he has touched. A natural man (and a "pool winning" fisherman), Lou's effervescent presence at our gatherings has been inspirational through his own example of never quitting and unrelenting efforts to help others along with his rallying call to "Join and Belong". Lou, a spiritual magician, always seems to provide a lift whenever a lift is needed.  We are all better for having met him realizing that deep within his wonderful soul hums a true giver and hero!

This Veterans Day,  
we honor those who have so bravely served this country.  
God Bless them all.
In This Issue
Calling all Co-Survivors
Partners and a Place to Bring Us Together
Local Veterans Come To Our Rescue
Falling Down?
Comedy Noght Fundraiser
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Support Group Locations
*Meeting Cancelation*
Featured Quote....

"Gratitude is the feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." 
        ~ Henry Van Dyke

Stroke Life Support Group Meeting Locations:
Nassau County:
Hicksville, NY
Levittown, NY
New Hyde Park, NY
Plainview, NY
Seaford, NY
Wantagh, NY
Suffolk County: 
East Setauket, NY
West Islip, NY
 Bellerose, NY  
There will be
Support Meeting on
November 28th (Thanksgiving Day) 
December 26th  
at Plainview Hospital.
Meeting also cancelled on December 31st in East Setauket 
Meetings will resume in January 2014.



Please Note:
Their will be NO
Guest Speaker meetings for November and December.  Meetings will resume in January 2014.

Guest Speakers will be giving presentations on stroke related topics at our Hicksville location every fourth Wednesday of each month at 1pm

William Bennet Community Center
28 West Carl Street
Hicksville, NY 11801

All are Welcome!
 Click here for Guest Speaker schedule and topics

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Join us every Friday for our weekly stroll on the boardwalk.

11am at Jones Beach, Field 6 


Don't forget your jacket
Don't forget your jackets!
Let's pray for each other.



Not what we say about our Blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. 


                   ~W.T Purkiser 
Mother Teresa Quote