Almost eight years ago, Richard Olson, now 60, of Galloway Township, had a hemorrhagic stroke, followed by brain surgery at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
It was a full year before his wife, Betty Ann, 56, could start to relax about his prospects for recovery, she said.
"He had to learn to walk and talk" as an inpatient in a rehabilitation center near Cooper, she said. The stroke mainly affected the left side of his brain.
Then he came home and needed aggressive physical therapy, which he got for four years at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in his hometown.
Now he's able to drive again and can work on computers, which he loves. He still has trouble sometimes finding the right word in conversation, and the retired electrical engineer who worked at the FAA Technical Center on computer systems also can stuggle with simple numbers, she said. But overall, his recovery has been amazing.
The Olsons are giving back to Bacharach. Richard volunteers there five days a week, taking inpatients to and from treatment. And Betty, a talented quilter who is co-chair of the charity program for the Seaport Stitchers Quilt Guild in Tuckerton, is arranging for the 20 club members to make lap quilts for Bacharach patients.
Betty Ann said friends and family helped get them through the most stressful parts of Richard's rehab, including daughter Erika Kolbe, 32, of Absecon; and son Bryan, 29, of Galloway. The Olsons also have three grandchildren.
The Seaport Stitchers Quilt Guild meets at the Tuckerton Seaport the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
Atlantic Cape Foundation
The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation reappointed certified public accountant Diane T. McKoy, of Mays Landing, as Atlantic Cape Foundation Board president for a third term.
Others named to two-year board offices were Nick Cashan III, of Hammonton, executive with the Maran Corporation Risk Associates, as first vice president; Ken Calemmo, Jr., of Sea Isle City, chief operating officer of Cooper Levenson law firm, as second vice president; Vicki T. Clark, of Cape May Court House, president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, as third vice president; Stephen Nehmad Esq. of Egg Harbor Township, partner in the law firm Nehmad, Perillo & Davis, as secretary; and Dennis Stacy of Northfield, a financial adviser of Ameriprise Financial, as treasurer.