The reality is, that as much as we hope, children are not immune to difficulties. They are not immune to diseases that once were viewed as restricted to adults. Any organization that has ever come together on behalf of a cause for children's health, have all started with hope. They have all started at a beginning. Growing that awareness and advocating for that research that leads to supported childhood treatments and resources is the ongoing goal among many causes.
When organizations, communities and families share about pediatric stroke, we all come from that same place of hope, that same beginning for a crucial cause. Stroke among children is not new, and in the last decade more has been achieved through awareness, advocacy and research, but more needs to continue to be done. When we are still at a place that general communities are unaware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke in a child and what steps to take, and when medical communities still don’t all have a rapid response among hospitals in place, it becomes even more apparent that the need is real for that awareness to grow for pediatric stroke.
Large organizations committed to the research and awareness for stroke in adults have made some greater advancements that our children may still benefit from as they grow into young adults, however having only minimally focused on the pediatric side of stroke, family resources and approved childhood treatments are still currently limited. At times, rehabilitation treatments are so new that they are not yet covered by insurance for children. All these mentioned opportunities are currently some of the obstacles preventing the most vital thing of all, a child receiving the greatest care and support that they need after a stroke.
As awareness grows out of a need, and more voices come together, changes can happen for stroke impacted children and their families. This is why we share, why we are committed to our mission. This is why a number of other organizations founded for pediatric stroke exist, because there is still such a huge need to be filled. Support for pediatric stroke awareness is always deeply felt and appreciated and because of that, we thank you.