ValleyCare Charitable Foundation (VCCF) on Monday announced it has met the Bring it Home Challenge and exceeded the $1 million fundraising goal for the Campaign for Stroke Care.

“We are honored and humbled by the unprecedented support from our community,” said Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

The Campaign for Stroke Care launched in 2018. The goal was to raise $1 million and bring around-the-clock access to lifesaving clinical stroke expertise, along with the most advanced treatment options, to Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, to meet the healthcare needs of the Tri-Valley community.

“Donations have already dramatically improved outcomes for stroke patients in the community by allowing Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare to fund the launch of its stroke program and become a certified Primary Stroke Center in September 2019,” said Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan, Medical Director of Neurology, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University.

“Post-stroke care and rehabilitation play a critical part in improving the function and quality of life of stroke survivors,” Krishnamohan said. “Now we can move forward with our vision of providing a multidisciplinary team that offers the best clinical rehabilitation program for our Tri-Valley patients.”

The Campaign for Stroke Care was launched in 2018 with a major gift and a matching challenge from longtime Livermore residents, Lynn and Joan Seppala. In November 2019, Don and Sharon Ritcheys, Stoneridge Creek residents, joined the Seppalas to equally share a last push, called the Bring it Home Challenge, to help reach the $1 million goal. Both families had life-threatening experiences with stroke and pledged to match contributions up to $170,000.

In just 45 days, the Tri-Valley community, especially many residents of Stoneridge Creek Retirement Community, responded by generously contributing to the campaign.

The contributions will fund state-of-the-art equipment and rehabilitation services, support services such as in-person and online support groups for patients and caregivers, a multidisciplinary stroke clinic, stroke education and training for staff and the community, and much more.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Seppala and Ritcheys families, and all those that have participated in the Bring It Home Challenge,” said Rick Shumway, CEO and President of Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. “Their commitment and tenacity in working to ensure that our communities have access to the very best care possible in the greatest times of need will have a significant impact for generations to come.”

Visit givevalleycare.org/stroke for more information about the Campaign for Stroke Care. To learn more about the VCCF, visit givevalleycare.org or call 925-373-4560.