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The Delaware Valley Stroke Council held its 16th Anniversary “Stars for Stroke” gala November 12th, hosted by Shirleen Allicot of 6abc.  The event honored several locals who have been instrumental in stroke care in the Greater Delaware Valley.

Dr. Ben Usatch of the Lankenau Hospital Emergency Department and the late B. Franklin Diamond who worked at Abington Memorial Hospital were both honored as the Physicians of the Year. Toby Mazer and her grandchildren with the proclamations and her Lifetime Achievement Award, which were all presented to her by Shirleen Allicot of 6abc.

Sam and Sharyn Abramowitz were awarded with the Stroke Survivor and Caretaker of the Year. The Merion Civic Association also awarded Mr. and Mrs. Abramowitz as 32-year residents of Merion whom exemplify strength and strong values to members of the community. The Lower Merion Commissioners awarded them for being 32-year residents of Merion and congratulated them for the Stroke Survivor and Caregiver of the Year Award.

Recognition was also given to Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Physicians in the Greater Delaware Valley.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Toby Mazer, M.P.H., who founded the Delaware Valley Stroke Council.  Mazer also received proclamations from the Camden County Freeholders and Larry Farnese, representing the Pennsylvania State Senate, to congratulate her on her work to improve stroke care.  Lastly, she received a proclamation from the State of New Jersey Legislature that states that November 12th, 2012 will be celebrated as Toby Rotman Mazer Day in Cherry Hill.

The event took place at the Hilton on City Avenue where hundreds of people enjoyed food and cocktails before participating in a silent auction to benefit the DVSC. The event raised approximately $200,000.  The Delaware Valley Stroke Council aims to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through heightened public awareness, continuing professional education and legislative and patient advocacy.

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