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Finding Financial Help for Stroke Recovery

Over 795,000 people experience a stroke in the United States every year.1 While the costs associated with hospitalization, treatment, and recovery vary depending on the type of stroke, the expenses involved with any stroke are substantial.

Understanding the costs involved and researching financial assistance options are the first steps in creating a stroke fundraising strategy. Fortunately, there’s help for stroke patients dealing with the bills and expenses of stroke recovery. Help Hope Live is your resource for community-based fundraising to assist with the unmet medical expenses and related costs that can result from having a stroke.


Costs Associated with a Stroke

Depending on the severity of the incident, the cost of stroke recovery will vary. According to The American Stroke Association, an ischemic stroke has an estimated lifetime expense of $140,481. The following is a breakdown of the kind of expenses that you can expect over the first 12 months post-stroke.

  • Hospitalization: $20,396 to $43,6522
  • Rehabilitation: $17,081 (first year average)3
  • Medication: $5,392 per year3


What Does Insurance Cover?

Unfortunately, medical insurance DOES NOT provide 100% coverage for stroke patients. While Medicare can help substantially, there will always be expenses that are not fully covered.


Financial Assistance for Stroke Patients

Establishing greater support for stroke patients is the goal of Help Hope Live. Through community-based fundraising, our nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping those in need to raise funds for the costs associated with a stroke.


How Does Fundraising for Spinal Cord Injuries Work?

Fundraising with our nonprofit works as follows:

  1. Submit a campaign request for assistance at helphopelive.org/get-started/apply
  2. You’ll be paired with a Client Services Coordinator
  3. Your Coordinator will provide you with one-on-one fundraising help, including personalized fundraising materials and guidance on how to rally your community, share your story on social media, reach out to the press, plan in-person or virtual fundraising events, and much more


Does Fundraising Work?

Here are a few Help Hope Live fundraising success stories:


"It is an amazing demonstration of what the TRUE meaning of a loving community is.”

Leo Patnode experienced a brain stem stroke following urgent surgery during a business trip. His family engaged Help Hope Live for multiple stroke-related out-of-pocket costs, including inpatient and at-home physical therapy and round-the-clock home caregiving. As of 2021, Leo’s campaign has surpassed $90,000 raised through online and in-person community fundraisers.

“As the saying goes: It takes a village. Team Diane is here to support her in any way we can.”

2021 marked five years since jazz musician and music teacher Diane Ellis survived a life-changing stroke during a performance. Team Diane sprung into action to help meet Diane’s immediate and long-term medical and related needs through community-based fundraising. Critical costs included co-pays, pain management, and physical therapy for greater mobility, independence, and comfort.

MOST COMMON STROKE EXPENSES

Hospitalization
Rehabilitation
Medication
Medical travel
Health insurance premiums
Caregiver

RESOURCES

Ready to Get Started?

If you choose to fundraise with our nonprofit, here’s how the process will look:

1. APPLY for assistance

2. YOU’LL BE PAIRED with a Client Services Coordinator

3. YOUR COORDINATOR will provide you with one-on-one fundraising help, including personalized fundraising materials and guidance on how to rally your community, share your story on social media, reach out to the press, plan in-person or virtual fundraising events, and more.


Need Other Financial Help Options?

For alternatives to fundraising, you can find information on a variety of post-stroke financial assistance options. Please view our Catastrophic Illness Resource Directory for insight into sources of direct financial aid, support groups, and other resources for stroke patients and their families.