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Stroke Walk 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
There was something for everyone at the 17th annual Stroke Walk. It was dog-friendly, kid-friendly, survivor-friendly and weather-friendly.
A sincere thanks to the Walk Committee, sponsors, ASF Board, staff and the survivors of stroke who work tirelessly EVERY DAY to move forward with their lives as they inspire all of us. 

More photos here!

Check out all our wonderful sponsors 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, October 2, 11 am - noon
Clinical Trials for Stroke Treatment & Recovery
Jason Gorup

Wednesday, November 6, 11 am - noon
Charge Your Brain After Stroke Through Exercise
Sandra Billinger, PhD

Wednesday, December 4, 11 am - noon
Sexual Health and Healing after Having a Stroke
Kimberly Vandegeest-Wallace, PhD

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 Alisa
by Jaidyn Johnson, OT Student

Alisa has been a member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for 2 years. She had a stroke in September of 2016. When she is not participating in various ASF activities, you can find her spending time with her husband, mom, and 2 daughters. You might also find her with her two dogs - Nevaro and Darla. She loves to cuddle with them while she watches The Harry Potter Series, The Twilight Saga, or any Marvel movie. Her favorite is Aquaman!
Alisa has a strong support system through her family and friends, and she is happy to report that ASF provided her with friends who add to her support system. Alisa is always encouraging her friends and engaging in conversation with the other ASF participants and students. She says her favorite part of ASF is the socialization. She particularly enjoys chatting and eating lunch with other members. She also enjoys participating in the brain game activities!
After having a stroke, she says she has learned to be extremely patient with herself, especially when things get tough. Alisa says that although she feels like she lost a sense of independence, ASF has helped her to recognize that she can still participate in many activities. She is thankful to be able to connect with other stroke survivors as they can relate to her experience and answer questions which others might not be able to. All it takes is one interaction with Alisa to see that she is an encouraging friend and brings a great amount of enthusiasm to the ASF program!

Healthy Eating Recipe

Citrus Seared Salmon
from Mayo Clinic Staff

This citrus sauce is also tasty on sea scallops. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Serves: 4

  • 4 (4-ounce) salmon fillets, trimmed and skinned
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Heat a nonstick saute pan to medium-high heat.

Place the salmon fillets skin side down on a plate and season with cumin, orange zest and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice, apple juice, mustard, honey and black pepper. Add the olive oil to the heated saute pan. Place the salmon in the pan, seasoned side down. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145 F is reached.

Remove salmon from the pan and set aside; cover. Add the juice mixture to the saute pan. In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch to make a slurry. Slowly whisk the slurry into the juice mixture, continuing to whisk until the desired thickness is reached. Drizzle the sauce over the salmon and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size:  4 oz

Total fat
16 g
22 g
Monounsaturated fat
3 g
65 g
Saturated fat
3 g
Total carbohydrate
8 mg
Trans fat
0 g
Dietary fiber
0 g
282 mg
Total sugars
6 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Tom H.
by Emily Cataldi, OT Student

Tom's top three favorite parts of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step program are: 1) the camaraderie between all of the stroke survivors; 2) the energy the students, staff, and volunteers bring each day; and 3) the chance to get out and exercise. "I enjoy coming to ASF because I am able to do the things I was once not able to do following my stroke. My favorite parts are working out with Theo, the personal trainer, and exercising on the NuStep. I also am thankful ASF has given me the opportunity to lead my own activity called 'Messaging with Tom'."
Outside of ASF, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and friends, listening to country music, and watching football any chance he can get. Tom's favorite football team is the Chiefs and he enjoys competing in a fantasy football league with his college buddies.
Tom is very thankful to also have an amazing support system outside of ASF. He expressed his gratitude for his wife, Karen, who is the biggest support in his life. "She is my caregiver, my family and most importantly my best friend." Tom's children and friends have also acted as an amazing support system for him following his stroke. "Everyone has been so supportive of me after everything that happened, and I am so lucky to have people in my life who have stuck with me through it all."
Since his stroke, a lot has changed for Tom. He previously worked as a high school guidance counselor, however he had to quit his job after his stroke. Directly following his stroke, Tom was extremely frustrated that he was unable to do all of the things he used to do. However, he now has a greater appreciation for his family and his large support system. "I look at my life differently in that I appreciate what I have now, and I show my appreciation each and every day." Tom gives a lot of credit to ASF for changing his view on life post stroke. "It has given me a lot of hope because I look around me and see all of the other stroke survivors and see where they are in their recovery and it gives me hope I can get there too." ASF has given Tom the motivation to work hard each and every day to become the best version of himself.
Tom's final words of wisdom regarding what he has learned from life: "You're never guaranteed anything. So, love greater and express yourself to your family and friends and let them know you appreciate them."

Meet Josh
by Colby Nuessen, OT Student

Josh is a relatively new participant at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) having just started in May. Josh reports he has a good support system of his parents and two brothers, with his mom providing most of his transportation getting him to appointments, events, and ASF. Even though his dad and brothers are usually busy they are extra support to him and he feels he can talk to them whenever he needs.  Outside of ASF, Josh enjoys having friends over or going to their houses to hang out, play video games, or card games. One of his favorite things to do is going to the family lake house with his family and friends.

Josh enjoys many parts of the ASF Next Step Program. However, his favorites are the pool, the sense of community between everyone involved, and the staff he interacts with each day. The pool reminds him of going to the lake and being in the water, and also allowing him another way to exercise. Josh shared "The sense of community is the participants motivating one another, and giving support to each other as we go through the journey together. The staff are always pushing us to get better each day, while also being fun to be around which makes the road to recovery more enjoyable."

Josh looks at having a stroke as just a bump in the road, and knows he will overcome what has been thrown at him. He tries to focus on taking the process one day at a time, working hard, and getting a little better each day. When asked what he has learned in life he shared: "Everyone we encounter has a story that makes them who they are today, and to remember their story when we meet or interact with them."

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
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.