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Third Annual Let's Talk Luncheon
Luncheon chairs, Kristi and Ken Breaux, with honorary chairs, Annette and George Strake, welcomed over 450 guests to honor Dr. Blair Justice at the River Oaks Country Club for the “Let’s Talk Luncheon,” on March 7, 2013, benefiting the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC). The event was a touching tribute to Dr. Justice, who, after suffering a stroke in 2008 with resulting aphasia, helped found HARC and made it his legacy.
Luncheon speaker, Sean Maloney, former Chairman of Intel China, shared the compelling story of his life with aphasia and inspirational journey to find his voice again. Maloney, who has been described as “one of the world’s best communicators,” captivated the guests with his dynamic words expressing that, even faced with aphasia, the most important lesson is to “NEVER GIVE UP.”
Allison Hay, HARC Executive Director, and Rita Justice, HARC Board Chairman, spoke with all four shifts of the Freeport Police department on November 1 and 2, at 5:30 pm. Allison and Rita traveled to Freeport to educated police officers in understanding aphasia and in learning ways to communicate with persons that have aphasia.
HARC Presents at ASHA
Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) presented "Evolution of a Wellness Center for Persons with Aphasia" at the 2012 American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on November 15-17, 2012. Stephanie Schmadeke and Melissa Irvin, HARC's resident Speech Language Pathologists, along with HARC Board members Dr. Lynn M. Maher, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston, and Rita Justice, HARC founder and Chairman described a non-profit community based wellness program for persons with chronic aphasia.
CBS Radio Houston interview with Dr. Rita Justice (HARC Board Chair) and host, Mystic Matthews.