American Stroke Foundation
2018 Rose Award Luncheon
May 8, 2018 at 11:30 am
Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202

Anita Gorman  will be presented the  Rose Award for Philanthropy and Community Leadership . The Rose Award is given annually to celebrate the lives and contributions of the philanthropists in our midst. The people who give their time, passion and resources to organizations and causes dedicated to benefiting humanity. Anita Gorman exemplifies the spirit of this award. Her leadership efforts have championed causes for all ages in the Kansas City community. Her philanthropic efforts have made our community stronger particularly through her work in conservation education in Kansas City and the entire state of Missouri.

The Community Award for Service with the American Stroke Foundation will be presented to Don Sears and Maggie Rodgers. Don, a retired minister and longtime volunteer, has facilitated a weekly support group for stroke survivors since the early days of the foundation. His quick wit and compassion coupled with his ability to tell captivating stories, has enhanced the lives of hundreds of stroke survivors. Maggie, a music therapist, has been bringing the joy and therapeutic value of music to the American Stroke Foundation since its inception. A day with Maggie and her guitar is always a good day. Both individuals have been instrumental in advancing our mission through their volunteerism and dedication.

We invite you to celebrate with us by sponsoring a table and attending this year's luncheon. 

Healthy Eating
To make this spicy asian pork tenderloin into a meal, serve it with a side of steamed pea pods tossed with sliced water chestnuts, brown rice mixed with dried apricots, and fresh mango and papaya slices.  (Read more...)
New Faces and Old Friends
The American Stroke Foundation Next Step Program is a wellness program to help people who have had a stroke continue to improve and regain independence in daily living skills. Here are some stories of participants and the gains they have made.

John B.
by Megan Maienschein, OT Student

John B is a new member at American Stroke Foundation (ASF). His first day at ASF landed on the one-month anniversary of his stroke. John and his wife, Maria, are newlyweds, looking forward to encouraging each other to live a healthy life. They are excited to be a part of a community that supports this goal. Between aquatics classes, use of the NuStep and access to a trainer that works with stroke survivors, they are getting into a new habit of including exercise as an important part of their day.
John attributes his resilience and motivation to work hard toward recovery to his wife. They enjoy travelling, especially to visit his brother in Clearwater, Florida. They both have bright smiles when telling about times they spend walking on the beach there. John is also motivated by little things, such as mimicking the silly sounds his 7 month old granddaughter makes. He speaks of the importance of making little goals or baby steps in the pursuit of recovery.
John's advice to stroke survivors is to listen to your doctor, exercise & don't give up. He says that gratitude is good medicine too. He is grateful for the support of his wife, therapists and the community within the Next Steps program at ASF.
Stroke Education Series
The American Stroke Foundation and The University of Kansas Health System partner to provide a stroke education speaker series as part of the ASF Next Step Program.

Wednesday, May 2, 11 am - noon
The Ball is in Your Court
Michael Rippee, MD

Wednesday, June 6, 11 am - noon
Your Blood Pressure Is Key
Craig Shipley, APRN

Wednesday, July 11, 11 am - noon
Your Best Chance to Reverse Stroke
Michael Abraham, MD

Wednesday, August 1, 11 am - noon
Dietary Measures to Reduce Your Stroke Risk
Amy Huelle, RD

Classes meet at:
Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, Room B 
6200 Martway St, Mission, KS

The Stroke Education Series is free and open to the public. Click  here to reserve your space today!

Stroke Walk Logo Stroke Walk 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
      • Theis Park, 4800 Rockhill Rd, KCMO
      • On-Site Registration 8-9:30 am
      • Walk Begins 9:30 am
Raise funds for the American Stroke Foundation by gathering family and friends for a fun morning of music, breakfast, and a walk in the park. Walkers of all abilities are welcome. 

Save the Date! Online registration & information about sponsorship  opportunities coming soon. 
StoriesNew Faces & Old Friends  (continued)
by Jarel Russell, OT Student

Gary is one of the American Stroke Foundation's (ASF) newest members. Gary experienced a stroke in November of 2017. He received inpatient and outpatient services with OT, PT, SP and once completed he joined ASF. His stroke has left him with right sided weakness that he is motivated to improve.
Before having his stroke, Gary retired as a machinist. He spent 6 years with the Navy Reserves training and receiving certifications. When Gary was not working he enjoyed spending time with his friends. Some of the activities he participated in were fishing, reading, riding his 4-wheeler, doing various things around the farm and talking with friends. 
Currently Gary lives with his parents. His father, Roy, attends ASF with Gary, helping him "get as close to 100% as he can". Gary and his father are impressed with ASF. They enjoy the social aspect that being a participant of the program offers. Gary attends communication group, fitness, aquatics, and enjoys the planned outings. They particularly enjoyed the bowling outing, as they had no idea of the adaptive equipment that could be used to help stroke survivors. ASF and it's team of therapists have a wealth of knowledge that can help Gary and his family regain old activities in his everyday life. 

by Melissa Naylor, OT Student

Vanita has been a member of the American Stroke Foundations for 10 years after experiencing two strokes in 2003 and one stroke in 2006. Prior to her first stroke, Vanita owned and operated multiple businesses, including a tanning salon and an online business. The best way to describe Vanita is through the action that she took after experiencing each of her strokes. After her first two strokes Vanita chose to participate in a marathon for stroke survivors and after her third stroke she chose to go skydiving. She is an adventurous and fun-loving woman that enjoys attending concerts, traveling, walking her dogs, and spending time with her husband. Vanita also has a daughter and two grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with.
Vanita regularly attends the ASF because it offers the social support and physical activity that has helped her remain motivated throughout her recovery. Vanita and her husband described the people they have met through ASF as, "not just friends but family." When asked what advice she would give potential participants and other stroke survivors Vanita stated, "ASF" because this program has had a large impact on her recovery and wellness. Vanita and her husband also stated that ASF has changed their outlook on life and increased their hopefulness for whatever the future may hold.  

by Noel Thachil, OT Student

To Patrick, the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step program is a lifeline for stroke survivors, as it is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives and reclaim hope.  Patrick suffered his stroke in 2011 and he started at the American Stroke Foundation as a participant. When asked how having a stroke has changed his life, Patrick responded by saying "It has given me a sense of appreciation for the gift of each day". 
After being part of the ASF as a participant for a year, Patrick was offered the position as the Facility Coordinator. Patrick considers his position an opportunity to be of service to other stroke survivors. Patrick is known as "Mr. Wonderful" at the ASF and it is evident that he is passionate about what he does. His advice to other survivors is "There is a solution to everything. It all begins with the survivor having a positive attitude and taking action." Outside of the ASF, Patrick enjoys spending time with family, especially his granddaughter, traveling, the KC Royals, and of course Nebraska Football.

RecipeHealthy Eating Recipe

Spicy Asian Pork Tenderloin
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Serves 4
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon minced onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pound pork tenderloin, sliced into 4 4-ounce portions

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

In a heavy frying pan, add the sesame seeds in a single layer. Over low heat, cook the seeds, stirring constantly until they look golden and give off a noticeably toasty aroma, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the seeds from the pan to cool.

In a bowl, add the coriander, cayenne pepper, celery seed, minced onion, cumin, cinnamon, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds. Stir to mix evenly.

Place the pork tenderloin in the prepared baking dish. Rub the spices on both sides of the pork pieces. Bake until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Or bake until a meat thermometer reaches 165 F (medium) or 170 F (well-done).

Transfer the pork tenderloin to warmed plates. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: 1 piece

Total carbohydrate
Dietary fiber
0 g
57 mg
Saturated fat
5 g
Monounsaturated fat
7 g
Trans fat
Total fat
16 mg
61 g
26 g
Added sugars
0 g

Pictures from the 2017 Rose Award Luncheon

ASF Locations
Business Office
6405 Metcalf Ave, Ste. 214 
Overland Park, KS 66202
ASF Next Step Programs
Sylvester Powell Jr. 
Community Center 
6200 Martway St
Mission, KS 66202
Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Cleaver Family YMCA
7000 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64131

Contact Us
American Stroke Foundation

Executive Director

Program Director

Stroke Survivor Navigation Program Coordinator

Next Step Program Coordinator
Director of Marketing

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Mission Facility Coordinator

Administrative Assistant

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Donate a Vehicle
We can accept any vehicle, any condition! Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) processes all donations and provides tax receipts. The donation process is easy and completely free to donors. Call 1-800-269-6814 or click here to start the process online.
A Lasting Legacy
You can make sure the ongoing and future needs of individuals who have survived a stroke are met by including the American Stroke Foundation in your will or estate plans.  This might include a bequest, life insurance policy, or trust arrangement. Consult your attorney or financial adviser  on how you can make a planned gift.
ASF Board of Directors

Richard March

Sara Baker

Janice Sandt

Kathy Parker

Betsy Rosetti Brown

Mary Jo Morrow

Marques Mosby

Kimberly Poecker, DO

Karina Shreefer

Rakesh Vardey, MD

Advisory Board

Lyde Doston

Bob Frazier

Micki Harrison

Spence Heddens

Steve Israelite

David Marshall

Marilyn Rymer, MD

Robbie Small

Shirley Rose

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