By Advocate Contributors
Originally published on Advocate.com July 14 2010 4:00 AM ET
Both the American Stroke Association and the Stroke Association in the U.K. were very instrumental in the aftercare and rehabilitation of my then-partner, Paul Hickey, when he suffered a series of strokes in Los Angeles in September 2000. It’s a cause close to my heart, as it works to combat strokes in people of all ages. The organizations also fund research into prevention and treatment, and they help stroke patients and their families directly by providing services in local communities. They also act as a voice for everyone affected by stroke and campaign to governments and health providers to ensure the needs of stroke survivors and their caregivers are met. StrokeAssociation.org, Stroke.org.uk
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Bell describes his new album, Non-stop, as “electro-soul with disco beats.” Non-stop is available now.