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

Join us for a fun morning of music, breakfast, and a walk in the park. Fun for the whole family. Walkers of all abilities are welcome.

For more information click on the name below:

If you are unable to join us and would like to make a donation, click here!
Healthcare Professionals Conference
"Stroke Care - Expand Your Knowledge"
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

This conference will address areas related to medical/rehabilitation care, research and community services across the continuum in working with individuals following a stroke.

Registration in the amount of $99 per attendee is required prior to Friday, August 24th, 2018.  Click here for online registration.

Click here for the conference brochure with all the details.

Please contact Jeanette Boucher with questions about this conference.
This conference will be held at:
Lockton Company
444 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital
"Strokes for Stroke" Golf Classic
to benefit American Stroke Foundation
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Deer Creek Golf Club
7400 W 133rd St
Overland Park, KS
7:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am
Tee Off: Shot-Gun Start
12:00 pm
Lunch & Awards Reception
Help support ASF by participating in the 14th annual "Strokes for Stroke" Golf Classic. Individual Registration is $125; Team Registration is $450. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To register and for more information, contact  Tonya at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital.

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 Leonard
by Morgan Odell, OT student

Leonard has been a member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for 1 year after having his stroke in August of 2016. When Leonard is not at ASF, you can find him sitting out on his porch, going out to eat, or spending time with his grandchildren.
Leonard's favorite parts about being a member of the American Stroke Foundation are the different programs, the amount of patience everyone at the stroke foundation has, as well as having a support system that understands what he is going through as a stroke survivor. He mentioned that the members of ASF, as well as caretakers and staff, have become like a family to him and he is thankful to have them as a support system. He says that the people of ASF help him to better understand stroke, relate to people going through similar circumstances, and help him to not give up on himself. In addition to ASF, Leonard has great support at home through his wife Rosalind, his children, and his grandchildren, who all push him to reach his full potential and live life to the fullest.
Having a stroke has taught Leonard many things, but he feels the most important lesson he has learned that he would like to share with others is to remain peaceful, take your time, and listen to instructions from your doctor.

Meet Emily
by Sarah Richardson, OTA student

Emily's top three favorite parts of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) program are: 1.) Sense of community/fellowship with people she has things in common with; 2.) Talking with people who are friends, not merely colleagues or peers; and 3.) Working on goals, speech, exercise, and the outings that allow for the normalcy of living by reintegrating into the community. Emily understands what it means to experience the challenges and difficulties that can result after stroke, but she also knows the other participants share these similar experiences, and that they are humble, smart, capable, and not afraid to show it. She appreciates Speech Therapy from the students who come to ASF to work on her goal of regaining her speech. Emily says she used to talk a lot, all the time, and the speech therapy students have been very helpful.
Spending time with her family is what Emily enjoys outside of the ASF program. She has been enjoying the summer with her seven-year-old daughter, Cecelia, and going on the occasional date with her husband of nine years, Nick. Whether it's going on a walk beside her daughter while she rides her bike, going to the movies, art museum, out for ice cream, or having some coffee with her best friend Katie, Emily doesn't take her life for granted. She knows she has the support of her husband with the occasional task, but for the most part, Emily has been able to resume a great deal of independence.

Since her stroke, two years and eight months ago, a lot has changed. Before having a stroke, she felt invincible but also took some of life's little things for granted, such as, just saying hi and bye to everybody. She knows how precious life is in a new way now and she has an active intention to cherish every day. At first, she felt hesitant to join the American Stroke Foundation, but decided it would be best to go on to this next program. She had heard about the ASF in the hospital after rehabilitation. She didn't know anyone there, she'd be new, and she was down on herself all the time. But Emily thinks it has been wonderful to have been supported at ASF and to have the opportunity to lift up other people. ASF gave her the push she needed to be better than the day before and it is a place of true motivation for her. Sometimes she misses going as regularly in the summers when she is spending more time with her daughter because she hates to miss so much there!

Emily went from not being able to walk, talk, or drive after having a stroke. She believes it's important to realize your potential to live life to the fullest, in appreciation, even when some days can be painful. She knows the value of working towards a goal and communication with people. She has had challenges because of having a stroke, however; she knows she will continue to get better in part thanks to the support she finds at ASF, and the support she is able to offer in return. While she no longer teaches Forensics in a school setting, she is still a teacher in her life, not only to her daughter but to those who are around her. Emily has the gift of seeing the potential in people and that is something we all can learn from.
Stroke Walk 2018 News
The Mega Brain! 
We are excited to have the Mega Brain at the Stroke Walk this year.  The larger-than-life MEGA Brain is the world's only portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit. Visitors who step inside MEGA Brain are wowed as they wander through the interactive exhibit to learn how the brain works from the inside out.  Check it out  here !

50-50 Raffle
The 50-50 Raffle is back again this year! Tickets are 2 for $5, 5 for $10, and 15 for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Walk. Winner must be present to win.

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
Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Cleaver Family YMCA
7000 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64131

Contact Us
American Stroke Foundation

Executive Director

Program Director

Next Step Program Coordinator
Director of Marketing

Stroke Survivor Navigation Program Coordinator

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Mission Facility Coordinator

Administrative Assistant

Amazon Smile
Don't forget that every time you shop on, use AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on all eligible items to the American Stroke Foundation when you choose ASF as your charitable organization! For more information, go to
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.
ASF Board of Directors

Richard March

Sara Baker

Janice Sandt

Mary Jo Morrow

Betsy Rosetti Brown

Marques Mosby

Kathy Parker

Kimberly Poecker, DO

Karina Shreefer

Rakesh Vardey, MD

Advisory Board

Lyde Doston

Bob Frazier

Micki Harrison

Spence Heddens

Steve Israelite

David Marshall

Marilyn Rymer, MD

Robbie Small

Shirley Rose