Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Steve Cramer
’s Laboratory in UC Irvine’s Department of Neurology, UC Irvine Health, and the
Orange County Stroke Rehab Network
hosted a very successful fifth annual Stroke Awareness Picnic at the end of May on the UC Irvine campus.

Sharing Stroke Survivor Successes & Resources

This picnic, which attracted over 300 attendees, promoted discussion about stroke and provided stroke survivors and caregivers a forum to share their success stories. Persons with stroke, friends and family, caregivers, therapists, nurses, physicians and researchers were all invited to participate. Over thirty exhibitors, including stroke support groups, healthcare providers, service providers, and equipment vendors shared helpful information.

A Spirited Collaboration

Volunteers from Chapman and UC Irvine pitched in to bring the event together. Atanasia Mora coordinated registration and led the team of volunteers from the
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
 (DPT), and Sharon Lee was instrumental in coordinating the student effort from Chapman’s
Communication Disorders
program. Nina Chiu, in collaboration with her team of undergraduates from Dr. Cramer’s lab at UCI, was able to secure corporate donations and grants for the event.

Superb Student Volunteers

“We had over 30 student volunteers from the DPT and [Communication] Disorders programs participate in this year’s picnic,” wrote
Dr. Alison McKenzie
, a lead organizer of the picnic and professor of physical therapy at Chapman. “We had lots of positive feedback from the participants and exhibitors. The students did Chapman proud!”

Support Real-world Training for PT Students

The mission of Chapman University’s
Doctor of Physical Therapy
 program is to foster the development of professional Doctors of Physical Therapy who are exceptional clinicians, skilled in delivering ethical care in today’s global community. Events like this one provide our students with real-world experience essential to the program’s mission. Supporting the Department of Physical Therapy and its mission is now easy through its new
online giving portal

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