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 8, 11 am - noon
It Is Never Too Late to Lower Your Stroke Risk
Yunxia Wang, M.D. 

Wednesday, June 5, 11 am - noon
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept: Continence
Holly Fisher, RN 

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

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 Willie
by Brycen Thornton, OT Student

Willie is a long-time member of the American Stroke Foundation and has been involved at the Emmanuel Cleaver/Southeast Community Center locations since 2012. Willie served in the military and later went on to become a high school math teacher. Willie has suffered a total of four strokes in his lifetime with his first stroke occurring in 2000. 
Since joining the ASF program in 2012, Willie has gained many new friends and has transitioned from participant to a volunteer where he carries many important roles for the Next Step program such as keeping track of attendance. When Willie is not participating at ASF, he enjoys watching TV, playing on his tablet, and visiting the sick in the hospital. His supports include his wife Sonya and 2 kids, Richard and Nikki. He also has 14 grandkids and 3 great grandkids that he loves dearly.
Despite having four strokes in his life, Willie continues to stay positive, push forward, and be a role model for other stroke participants at the ASF. Willie's motto is "Life goes on no matter what happens to you and you have to learn to live with it!"

Healthy Eating Recipe

Pork Tenderloin with Apples &  Blue Cheese
by Mayo Clinic Staff

The white wine in this recipe may be replaced with unsweetened apple juice. This is a healthy carb, low sodium recipe

Serves: 4

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine or 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese

Heat oven to 350 F. Trim tenderloin of all fat and silvery membrane. Season with spices.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and put tenderloin in the pan. Sear each side, using tongs to turn the meat. Transfer meat to a roasting pan and cook in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 155 F. Remove from oven and transfer tenderloin to a platter. Cover with foil and let rest.

Add apples to roasting pan and saute on stovetop until dark brown. Add wine (or juice) and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.

Slice pork, spoon apples over top and sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 4 ounces

Monounsaturated fat
3 g
Total fat
7 g
Saturated fat
2 g
26 g
Trans fat
79 mg
145 mg
Total carbohydrate
17 g
Added sugars
0 g
Dietary fiber
3 g
Total sugars
11 g 
StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Carey
by Elliott Johnson, OT Student

Carey has been coming to the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) since her stroke in September of 2016. Carey came to ASF not knowing anyone and was unsure if this was going to be something she could see herself coming back to. Especially after  going through rehabilitation after her stroke, it was hard to get back out into the community. But once Carey saw the love and support that flowed from one participant to the next and as she experienced that love and support she knew this was the place for her. 

Carey knows what a good support system looks like because of the support system she has at home with her mom giving her rides to and from places such as ASF, her husband and kids being themselves and always thinking of her when she needs love. Carey's siblings have also been an earshot away when she needs to vent or to just have a laugh. As her sister is a physical therapy assistant Carey has had great help when it came to therapy-related questions. Carey sees ASF as an extension of her own family in the fact that she can express her frustrations, successes, worries, and funny moments because those who are listening have been in her shoes and have similar experiences post-stroke.
When she is not at ASF she loves to simply be with her children and dogs at home. Whether she is chatting about the new superhero movies that are coming out or watching Netflix; she just loves being with family. Most importantly there is time set aside for listening to music, where Queen is currently taking over her playlists. Carey loves to workout on the NuStep machine at ASF and pushes herself as she continues to feel more comfortable using her affected arm to perform activities. It was also at ASF that Carey got back into the pool for the first time since her stroke to participate in the workout class at the end of the day and she has not regretted it one bit. She also enjoys  dominoes and other after-lunch group activities -- from scavenger hunts to word searches.
Carey says that since her stroke it has been a blessing to slow down. Before her stroke she was always in a hurry and did not take time to enjoy the little moments and soak them in. Since she has to plan ahead and be extra attentive to her schedule, she is able to enjoy life at the pace she lives now. She does not want to take anything else for granted and wants to "live life for the day."

Meet Warnetta
by Jordan Smith, OT Student

Meet Warnetta! She is a positive Kansas City, Missouri native and previous employee of the Kansas City Star, as well as an active member of the American Stroke Foundation. Warnetta loves that the American Stroke Foundation helps her get out of the house and keep busy. She especially enjoys participating in aquatics and attending sessions with Theo, the personal trainer. Her time at the American Stroke Foundation has given her the opportunity to socialize and foster many meaningful relationships.
In her spare time, you will find Warnetta cooking various dishes, such as the "Louisiana soul-food", shrimp and grits. She also finds pleasure in reading almost anything, especially sci-fi and Victorian novels, completing 4-5 per year. 
Her closest supports include her husband, son, and daughter. Although, her daughter currently lives in New York, she still provides moral support. Warnetta is especially fond of her husband of 32 years as she feels they make a great team in taking care of each other. He provides her with transportation around the community, while she provides him with her delicious southern style dishes.
One year after her stroke, Warnetta says she now realizes that everything is much more important and has begun to enjoy the small things in life, such as waking up. Overall, she is grateful to still be here and feels there is a purpose to her life. Warnetta lives her life with the motto, "whatever you put into the universe, the universe gives back." Therefore, in every situation, she strives to be an asset and not a liability.
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

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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.