Rose Award Luncheon
May 14, 2019 at 11:30 am
Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202

The American Stroke Foundation (ASF) will honor two outstanding individuals at the 8th annual Rose Award luncheon on May 14, 2019 at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission, Kansas.

Dr. Paul Camarata has been selected to receive 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. As a professor and Chairman of the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Camarata is a leader, mentor and visionary. He exemplifies the spirit of this award. His leadership efforts have championed causes for all ages in the Kansas City community and his philanthropic involvement has made our community stronger.

Dr. Kimberly Poecker will be presented with the Community Award for Service within the American Stroke Foundation. Dr. Poecker has been a dedicated member of the American Stroke Foundation's Board of Trustees for 10 years. Her experience with stroke rehabilitation at St. Luke's Health System has been a guiding force in ASF's programming and community outreach. Her interest in her patients' ability to continue to grow and thrive after their stroke has been an inspiration to many. Outside of work, Dr. Poecker enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer and community involvement with her church and PEO group.

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

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, April 3, 11 am - noon
Cognition After Stroke: Why Am I/Why is My Loved One So Different?
Jerrold Yeo, PsyD. 

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 Care - Expand Your Knowledge"

The American Stroke Foundation hosted another successful Healthcare Professionals Conference in February 2019.

Special thanks to all our wonderful speakers: Brian McKiernan, PT,Phd; Sara Baker, MA, CCC/SLP; Kathleen Henderson, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, SCRN, LNC; Karin E. Olds, MD;  Jane Henderson, MSW and the Stroke Survivor Panel, Tom Hult, Margie Poznick, Al Zuniga; and Whitney Dunn, MS, RD, LD.

Thank you to all our sponsors who helped make this conference possible:

Ability KC
Assisted Living Locators
Avenues Driving Rehab LLC
Brookdale Senior Living
Country Home Elevator & Stair Lift
Enhanced Home Care & Hearts at Home
The Forum of Overland Park
Glenwood Village of Overland Park
Lakeview Village
Right at Home
Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
Villa St. Francis
Village Home Health
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 Jean
by Katie Pascuzzi, OT Student

Jean has recently joined the American  Stroke Foundation (ASF) after she moved from Torrington, Connecticut last May. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and moved about 45 minutes away to Torrington when she married her late husband, Charlie. Before her stroke, Jean loved to travel both within and outside of the country and loved being around her friends. Now during her down time, Jean enjoys going on walks and reading mystery novels. She also loves spending time with her four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Jean stated that her transition from Connecticut and leaving her good friends behind has been difficult but she enjoys talking to them on the phone now.

Jean enjoys being a member at ASF because she loves meeting new people, meeting the students, and talking with people every day! When asked what she has learned from life she exclaimed, "I'm 85, and I'm always learning something new!" Jean enjoys being around her new ASF community and stated, "I see other peoples' perspective too as well as my own; we all have different situations but we aren't so different after all."

Healthy Eating Recipe

Chicken Quesadillas
by Mayo Clinic Staff

Quesadillas can be filled with cheese, cooked meat, refried beans or veggies - or any combination of these ingredients. This version uses chicken and cheddar.

Serves: 6

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each 4 ounces
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup smoky or hot salsa
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 whole-wheat tortillas, each 8 inches in diameter
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 425 F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Cut each chicken breast into cubes. In a large, nonstick frying pan, add the chicken and onions and saute until the onions are tender and the chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the salsa, tomatoes and cilantro.

To assemble, lay a tortilla flat and rub the outside edge with water. Spread about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla, leaving about 1/2 inch free around the outer rim. Sprinkle with a spoonful of shredded cheese. Fold tortilla in half and seal. Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Lightly coat the top of the tortillas with cooking spray. Bake until the quesadillas are lightly browned and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: two halves

Monounsaturated fat
3 g
Total fat
10 g
Saturated fat
5 g
27 g
Trans fat
70 mg
524 mg
Total carbohydrate
25 g
Added sugars
0 g
Dietary fiber
6 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Ken
by Elliott Johnson, OT Student

Ken is a stroke survivor who has been coming to the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for 6 months and has just passed the one-year mark since his stroke on February 14th, 2018. However, Ken has known of ASF for many years since he and the Cosmopolitan Club helped raise funds to support start-up of the American Stroke Foundation. His wife, Marilyn, accompanies him most days and they both enjoy speaking with fellow stroke survivors, participants' family members, the staff, and volunteers. Ken feels as though he can converse with anyone at the facility and the topic of conversation is always different and enjoyable. The NuStep machine and working out with Theo, an athletic trainer, are a few of his favorite parts of the program because they push him to continue to get stronger and to stay active.
Outside of ASF, Ken loves spending time with his wife no matter what they are doing. Whether they are trying a new restaurant or buying new foods at the grocery store, Marilyn cares for Ken and is open to the new things he likes to try. He speaks of how fortunate he is to have an incredible, hard working, and loving caregiver in his wife. The reason for this is because a few years ago Ken was taking care of his wife after she had an unusual form of a stroke that impacted her vision. Ken stood up to support his wife with everything she needed. This gave Ken a greater understanding of what it means for his wife to now be by his side through it all. Not only does Marilyn encourage him, but they have a daughter who is there to help improve his life and be his support system, as well as other family members. Ken loves to visit his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and has a new look on life since his stroke. He credits his supportive family at home and the family at the American Stroke Foundation.
Ken is complimentary to the staff and students at ASF and helps us realize we are making an impact on his life. He refers to working in healthcare as, "a calling" and knows that without the help from others his life would look different.

Meet Nancy
by Caroline Silva, OT Student

"ASF has helped me realize there is life after a stroke" says Nancy when describing the impact of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) on her life. Nancy had a stroke in 2002 and was told she would never walk or talk again. Nancy's family was told twice she would not live through the night after her aneurysm.
Thankfully, Nancy has exceeded expectations during her recovery. Today, she is able to talk with her friends at ASF as well as walk with the use of a quad base cane. Nancy's favorite things about ASF are the social engagement with all the participants, the workout she gets with the trainer, Theo, and exercising on the NuStep. "I really like working with Theo as he helps me accomplish goals I wouldn't be able to otherwise".
After having a stroke, Nancy is more appreciative of life as it changed her perspective and led her to meet meaningful people.

Save The Date!
Stroke Walk
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
At the Cloverleaf Office Park,  6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Overland Park, KS (behind Building #1).

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

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.