For someone who writes, the prospect of losing one’s words is terrifying, but it’s a common occurrence for stroke survivors. Doctors diagnose about 200,000 people a year with aphasia, a condition that affects a person’s ability to process language. The condition results from damage to the portion of the brain that processes language, and it’s not something one can simply recover from. Speech therapy helps, but it’s expensive and it’s not a cure.For those who can afford it, speech therapy helps them maintain the ability to communicate with loved ones. And for those who can’t, there’s Voices of Hope for Aphasia. The nonprofit provides individuals with free aphasia speech therapy. It also provides them with a community of folks to practice their speech with in a non judgemental setting. Though it’s free to visit for people with aphasia, it’s not free to run an organization like this, which is why Voices of Aphasia is lucky to receive support from community members like Marie Haley. Haley donated a stack of crossword puzzle books by her late husband, Merl Reagle, to benefit the cause. She also connected Voices of Aphasia with contemporary crossword puzzle writer Patrick Berry, who created a custom crossword puzzle for the organization’s wildly successful inaugural Crossword Puzzle Gala, in which it doubled the fundraising goal.