Love Stories for Valentine's Day
In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some "love stories" from several participants in the American Stroke Foundation Next Step Program.

Cindy & Pat
by Noel Thachil, OTS
Cindy and Pat's marriage has been as beautiful and special as a double rainbow. This beautiful couple started their journey when Cindy said yes to Pat spontaneously proposing in the car on the way back from their date at the Golden Ox, in the presence of a double rainbow. Since then, Cindy and Pat have been each other's support through many ups and downs, including Cindy's stroke in January 2016. Cindy shared she truly experienced Pat's support and love when she lost her parents as well.
Cindy describes their family trip to Disney World as one of their happiest moments together. In October 2018, Cindy and Pat will be celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary. Cindy and Pat's family includes 2 children, 2 grandchildren, and a cat named Tiger.
Healthy Eating
It has been said that cooking is love made visible. Treat your loved ones to a heart-healthy meal with this recipe from the Mayo Clinic for Italian Chicken and Vegetable Packet. And remember: the secret ingredient is always love!  (Read more...)
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. The Stroke Education Series is free and open to the public. (See more for a list of upcoming programs ...)
American Stroke Foundation
2018 Rose Award Luncheon
May 8, 2018 at 11:30 am
Sylvester Powell Community Center
6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202

Anita Gorman will be presented with the
Rose Award for Philanthropy and Community Leadership.  Her substantial philanthropic efforts have made our community stronger and more caring through her involvement in causes throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Save the Date! Registration Information & Sponsorship Opportunities  coming soon.
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. 
LoveStoriesLove Stories for Valentine's Day  (continued)
Ronn & Sally
by Jarel Russell, OTS

To build a successful relationship that will blossom into a happy marriage, it is important to develop a connection with your partner beyond physical attractions to keep you happy and committed. This is a philosophy that Ronn holds dear to his heart, and his advice for young couples is that they should start their relationship as friends first.
"Become your partner's best friend. It is important that you both develop an emotional connection and support each other's goals and dreams. There is going to be times where you don't agree, but it's important to compromise, always give 100% each, and understand that not all problems will have an immediate answer."  Ronn attributes these life lessons with how he met his amazing wife Sally.
Ronn met his wife Sally at work which was Southwestern Bell at the time. He knew Sally for nine months before they went on their first date. The couple dated for two and a half years before they were married in October of 1980.
Ronn shared some words of wisdom for young couples: always say thank you to your partner for their efforts and hard work, and to buy little gifts to show your appreciation.

Margie & Carl
by Megan Maienschein, OTS

Margie & Carl fell in love shortly after they were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. On one of their first dates Margie asked Carl's birthday and she almost fell out of her chair when he told her it was the same date as her ex-husband! After 6 years in a strong relationship, they decided they were ready to marry. They went together to shop for rings and she ended up getting to design her own that has meaningful symbolism of two people uniting. 

Some of their best times took place while they were living in Florida. She enjoyed exploring their new home together, finding favorite restaurants and making friends with neighbors. Some of their most difficult times took place when she had her stroke. Margie shared she appreciates that Carl was so helpful and made her feel supported. Today they are enjoying Carl's retirement by spending more quality time together, working on puzzles and planning an upcoming trip back to Florida to visit family and friends. 

Margie's advice to young couples is to take your time in a relationship, truly get to know how you can balance each other out and what each of you are willing to do to encourage the best in one another. She appreciates that Carl helps her reign in her tendency to spoil her grandchildren and she enjoys encouraging Carl to communicate more by sharing feelings and ideas with her. 

Bob & Portia
by Megan Maienschein, OTS
Bob and Portia were married on March 29, 1958. They met as college students attending a school function. Bob smiled as he remembered the moment Portia approached him after much coaxing by a group of her friends. Soon after falling in love they moved to Michigan, where Portia earned her Master's degree and Bob joined the Navy. During his service they kept in constant contact through letter writing, and upon his return decided to marry.
As Bob would answer questions about his marriage to Portia, he beamed with a loving look on his face. It is clear he is quite proud of his wife and has a deep admiration for her. He shared that he believes in love at first sight, but it must be accompanied by a willingness to work hard and truly get to know one another, stating he and Portia have accomplished this through spending time at church, practicing their tremendous faith, working together on their large farm, going hunting, and traveling frequently.
Bob went on to share a story which reflects on the possible attitude and faith in God they have cultivated as a family. While living in California, a mud slide essentially destroyed their home. They did not consider this a disaster by any means. Instead, they felt blessed, as they experienced the love and support of their community and their family grew together in their faith. Bob said his large family makes him very happy and is excited about an upcoming trip to Hawaii with everyone.
EducationStroke Education Series  (continued)

Wednesday, March 7, 11 am - noon
Aphasia - How to Detect Pain and Other Medical Concerns in Persons with Aphasia
Diane Bruner, Speech Language Pathologist

Wednesday, April 4, 11 am - noon
Assistive Devices and Low Tech (Off the Shelf) Equipment for Self-Care, Dressing, Medication Management and Household Management
Wesli Searcy, Occupational Therapist

Classes meet at:
Sylvester Powell 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!
RecipeHealthy Eating Recipe

Italian Chicken & Vegetable Packet
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Serves 2
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 3 ounces each
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup scrubbed and diced patato
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup sliced baby carrots
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
Heat oven to 350 F.

Cut off two 12-inch sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil or parchment paper. Fold the foil or parchment paper in half, unfold, and spray with cooking spray.

Center a chicken breast on each sheet. Top with zucchini, potato, onion, carrots, and mushrooms. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning (or oregano).

Bring the foil together and make small, overlapping folds down the length of the packet to seal. Twist the two ends of the packet several times to make a tight seal so the liquid won't escape during cooking. Place the packet on a cookie sheet and bake for 45-minutes, until chicken and vegetables are tender.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: 1 packet

Total fat
2.5 g
Saturated fat
0.5 g
Trans fat
Monounsaturated fat
0.5 g
62 mg
72 mg
Total carbohydrate
23 g
Dietary fiber
3 g
Added sugars
0 g
23 g

ASF Locations
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6405 Metcalf Ave, Ste. 214 
Overland Park, KS 66202
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Sylvester Powell Jr. 
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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

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