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Healthy people, strong communities.

Change starts in our community when people have the courage to take advantage of the programs and services that are offered in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River, many of which are supported by Brant United Way. Together, we continue to support healthy people and build strong communities.

In 2003 Michelle suffered a stroke. She spent the next two years in the hospital recuperating from an aneurysm. She fought to build her strength mentally and physically with the hopes of soon returning home. With the help of the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC), Michelle got her wish. They assisted Michelle in overcoming her challenges through programming that assists adults with diminished abilities related to mild cognitive impairment from strokes. ARTC also helps those with progressive disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Thankfully, the ARTC was able to continue the crucial care Michelle needed to regain her quality of life after her hospital stay. She is now living in her own apartment requiring minimal support. Regaining her independence, she now attends social outings in the community and plays wheelchair curling. She also learned how to paint with her non-dominant hand and has relearned the computer skills she thought she had lost.

Michelle's battle is not over as she continues to work on remaining independent. If it weren't for encouragement, support, and assistance she received from the ARTC, she may not have the independence she has today.

Brant United Way is proud to have made a difference in Michelle's life. We continue to invest in people throughout our community to strengthen their individual capacity and that of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River.

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