Guest speaker Carol Tyson, local Clinical Care Coordinator at Princeton General Hospital, captured the audience as she spoke of the reasons she felt it was important to share her knowledge of heart and stroke information.
During the 23 annual Heart and Stroke luncheon held at the Legion hall on Sunday, Feb. 10, Tyson engaged the audience in conversation after explaining that her mother had suffered a massive stroke in 2007 and how it had changed not only her mother’s life but the rest of the family’s as well.
She discussed symptoms of heart attack and symptoms and types of strokes, along with the more common causes of each. She answered questions from the audience regarding each and to the questions asked regarding the current emergency room closures her message was very clear. “The sooner you feel you are having symptoms, the sooner you have to ask for help. Do not be afraid to call 911.”
A short film from the Heart and Stroke Foundation was also shown during the luncheon.
Turkey dinner with all the trimmings was provided for attendees by Barb Ryan, her sister Noreen Ford and their mother Eleanor Sinclair.
Heart and Stroke captain for Princeton, Barb Ryan extended her thanks to her mother and sister for their help making the meal, to her canvasser’s for their work to raise funds and to Carol Tyson for sharing her knowledge.
Ryan also extended her thanks to the following; Wayne Terepocki and Chuck Whitlock for setting up the hall, Lori Thomas from the Chamber for the loan and set up of equipment, Branch #56 for the donation of the hall and to the ladies in the lounge for their assistance selling tickets. Thanks were given as well to Blaine and Arlene Marsel, and to sponsors; Heart to Heart Flowers & Gifts, Billy’s Restaurant, Country Kitchen, Gold & Jade Restaurant, Princeton Bakery, Cooper’s Foods, Princeton Home Hardware, Mervin and Rita Baker, Bente Hansen and to the Similkameen Spotlight.
For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation and/or to further educate yourself on causes and symptoms please visit www.heartandstroke.com