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Stroke Walk 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019


Cloverleaf Office Park

6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy

Overland Park, KS


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. 

Sponsorship information is available  here .

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, July 3, 11 am - noon
Step Toward Your Health and Away From Stroke
Craig Shipley, APRN 

Wednesday, August 7, 11 am - noon
Visual Impact of Stroke
Jenna Price, OTR, Ability KC

Wednesday, September 4, 11 am - noon
Start Thinking Wellness, Not Illness
Sarah Eickmeyer, MD

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!
Meet Some Next Step Participants
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.

Meet Ed
by Kristen Gutman, OT Student

Ed has been a long-time member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) being involved at the Sylvester Powel Jr. Community Center location. He previously worked for the telephone company and was involved in county politics before retiring. Ed experienced a stroke 28 years ago and a subdural hematoma in 2010 after a fall.

Over the course of his involvement at ASF, Ed has gained friends who have shared similar life experiences, met volunteers that brighten his days, and found a safe way to stay healthy and fit. When Ed is not at ASF, he enjoys writings books (6 total since 2000 after his wife's passing), drawing cartoons, and sharing time with his family. Ed enjoys spending time with his 8 kids, 22 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, as their visits, sporting events, and weddings, keep him busy. Since his stroke, Ed says he has to take a moment during these busy times to remember to slow down and be careful as things have changed with age, his fall, and his stroke.

While reminiscing, Ed discussed how monumental the founding of ASF was. Prior to ASF if you had a stroke and you finished your short rehab stay, you were on your own. He feels that ASF has helped him be better physically and mentally fit to live a fulfilling life. Ed's advice for life, "Appreciate each and every day that you live, you don't know what'll happen tomorrow."

Healthy Eating Recipe

Red, White & Blue Parfait
by Mayo Clinic Staff

This red, white and blue parfait is perfect for a July 4th brunch.

Serves: 4

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Creamy Filling
  • 1 cup low-fat, artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Make creamy filling by placing yogurt, cream cheese and honey into bowl and beating until fluffy.

Assemble parfaits by placing 1/3 cup strawberries in each parfait glass. Top each with 3 tablespoons of creamy filling, then 1/4 cup blueberries. Garnish each by dividing remaining topping. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: 1 parfait glass

Monounsaturated fat
0.3 g
Total fat
1 g
Saturated fat
0.5 g
6 g
Trans fat
0 g
5 mg
144 mg
Total carbohydrate
24 g
Added sugars
1 g
Dietary fiber
3 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Joe
by Megan Knoff, OT Student

Joe has been coming to programming at the American Stroke Foundation for over 10 years! He has truly seen the program thrive and grow during that time. Joe is extremely grateful for ASF since he survived a stroke in October of 2008. On a given day, you will find Joe encouraging those around him, lifting others up with words of encouragement and gratitude. The program wouldn't be the same without him!
Joe has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 44 years and says he wouldn't be where he is today without her. He and Sandy have three sons, all of whom are married with children, totaling 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He looks forward to family get-togethers a few times a month to celebrate holidays or family events. A few of Joe's favorite things to do are dine out with his wife, go to the movies, and learn about history by exploring Kansas City and the state of Kansas. In addition to his family, Joe has a strong support community through his church and life-long friends.
Joe explains that camaraderie and support from one another is the best part about the American Stroke Foundation. He loves socializing with those around him and the many different types of individuals at ASF. He explains that the opportunities at ASF, the staff and students, and his enduring faith have attributed to his strong recovery.

When asked what he has learned from life, Joe said, "There's good and bad in everybody, but as far as good, kind, and caring people in this world...there is a never-ending supply."

Meet Latiesha
by Natalie Winn, OTA Student

Latiesha has been a participant of ASF for the past 2 years at what is now the Southeast Community Center location in KCMO. Latiesha or "Tish" as she likes to be called, is a proud mother of two, who prior to her stroke in 2016 was employed by UMB bank for 12 years and spent 3 years with Sprint. When not working Tish could be found running errands, supporting her children in extracurricular activities, and spending time with family. After suffering a stroke she has made it a priority to focus on her recovery as a whole and found ASF to be a perfect fit for her. Tish adds that she loves the social interaction with others, opportunities to interact within the community, and also her site coordinator Dani who in her words "inspires us".

During her time at ASF Tish can be found exercising within the center putting an emphasis on her health. When not at the location Tish continues to push herself by walking daily, eating healthy, doing puzzles, and even joining a weekly kickboxing class! Other than exercising at ASF Tish enjoys spending her time socializing and doing activities with other participants, finding comfort in the fact that everyone can relate to and learn from one another. The group has formed a bond like a family with everyone supporting one another, helping in any way that they can if the need arises, and even meeting outside of programming to enjoy each others' company.

When describing her support system Tish smiles and simply states "My mom is the best!" and describes her mother as being devoted to helping out in any way that she can no matter what that entails. Other than her mother, Tish's entire family has a huge presence in her life with everyone making it a priority to walk the road of recovery with her. Despite the challenges that she has had to overcome Tish approaches each day with her head held high, ready for what the day brings while always remembering to tell herself to "keep going forward" despite her circumstances.

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
Legacy Park Community Center
901 NE Bluestem
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Southeast Community Center
4201 E 63rd St
Kansas City, MO 64131

Kansas City North 
Community Center
(opening in August 2019)
3930 NE Antioch Rd
Kansas City, MO 64117

Choose ASF as your charitable organization every time you shop on and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on all eligible items to the American Stroke Foundation. Go to to sign-up and begin donating!
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.