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May is Stroke Awareness Month

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The month of May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 800,000 people suffer from strokes every year in the US. That includes children as well.

Three years ago, 12-year-old Jackson Cunningham suffered a stroke. His mom says he was playing at his grandparents' home and all of a sudden collapsed.

Jackson has come a long way, but is still working to regain full use of his arm, hand and fingers.

"It feels a little weird not to be able to feel your other side when you can move your other side perfectly."

"Strokes in children can be caused by trauma such as falling out of a swing or a tree or there could be some undiagnosed disease process that would bring on the stroke."

The sixth grader is still very active and attends therapy twice a week.

He will be visiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago this summer for more therapy sessions.

May is Stroke Awareness Month


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