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Parents’ Association for Children with Hemiplegia and/or Stroke (PACHS)
Parents’ Association for Children with Hemiplegia and/or Stroke (PACHS) is a Chicago area
support and information group formed in April of 2002. Our goal is to give families of children
with hemiplegia, hemiparesis, diplegia and/or stroke a chance to connect and interact in person.
We provide family support and local resource information, parent meetings with guest speakers
and family outings. We started with a core group of six families. We now have almost 40, and
continue to grow. Families come from the metropolitan Chicago area, northwestern Illinois, and
northeastern Indiana to meet and share a common bond. Parents are introduced to the group by
the efforts of current participants, who network with doctors, therapists and service providers.
PACHS is a self-sustaining group, relying on members to donate their services in order to further
the mission of awareness and support.