Rose Award Luncheon
Thank you to everyone that supported the Rose Luncheon on May 14th. Jazz musicians, Joe Cartwright and Steve Rigazzi, provided an ideal setting to honor Dr. Paul Camarata and Dr. Kimberly Poecker. We would also like to extend a special thank you to KMBC's Matt Flener, auctioneer Lenny Mullin and our speakers, Joe Cartwright and Tom Hult.

If you did not have an opportunity to contribute to the luncheon and would still like to donate, please click  here  to make a donation.

Visit our website for more pictures from this year's event.

Click here for a list of this year's sponsors.       
4th Kansas City Area Wellness Site

The American Stroke Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a fourth wellness site. Scheduled to open in late August of 2019, programming will take place at the Kansas City North Community Center. For more information, contact our business office at 913-649-1776.

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, 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 

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

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 James
by Brycen Thornton, OT Student

James is a long-time member of the American Stroke Foundation and has been involved at the Cleaver YMCA/Southeast Community Center locations for almost 8 years. Prior to his stroke 10 years ago, James worked at Honeywell as a receiving manufacturer. He has been married for 37 years to his wife Mary and has 3 beautiful children that mean the world to him. 

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, being an active member of his church, watching golf, and going out to eat with family. His supports are his wife, 3 kids (twin girls and one boy), as well as many friends. 

The American Stroke Foundation has given James many life-long friends and he has now transitioned from a participant to a volunteer where he enjoys helping others reach their goals and gain back their independence. His favorite things about the Next Step program is the leadership that comes from the occupational and speech therapists, how unique each and every participant is, and how although each and every participant is different, they are all still working towards the same goals. Throughout his recovery following his stroke, James has stayed positive and kept pushing forward and lives every day to its fullest as he firmly believes that "Tomorrow's not guaranteed."

Healthy Eating Recipe

Tuna Pasta Salad
by Mayo Clinic Staff

To make a complete and colorful meal, serve this tuna salad with a blend of cubed cantaloupe, red grapes and strawberry halves.

Serves: 4


For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

For the salad:
  • 2 cups uncooked whole-wheat bow tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) unsalted white tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, if desired
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
To make the vinaigrette:
In a small jar or bowl, add oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and minced garlic. Mix well. Set aside.

For the salad:
Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (al dente), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. 

Drain the pasta thoroughly and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, tuna, onions, peas, pepper and vinaigrette. Toss to mix well. 

Cover and refrigerate until well-chilled, at least 2 hours.

To serve, place 1 cup of spinach on individual chilled plates. Top each serving with 1/4 of the tuna salad and serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 1 cup

Monounsaturated fat
2 g
Total fat
10 g
Saturated fat
2 g
29 g
Trans fat
0 g
36 mg
220 mg
Total carbohydrate
32 g
Added sugars
0 g
Dietary fiber
5 g
Total sugars
3 g 
StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Jan
by Jordan Smith, OT Student

Jan is a North Dakota native but has lived in Kansas City since 1980, previously working as a publication assistant for a medical journal, Teachers of Family Medicine, for a total of 21 years. This experience allowed her to become knowledgeable about a variety of medical terminology. Her husband, Joe, is a talented musician who was often on the road. He still plays at several local places in Kansas City. Jan has also been an active member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for approximately 1.5 years.
Jan participates in a variety of classes at ASF, with her favorite being aquatics and creative conversations. She enjoys these classes as they are fun and push her to make improvements. Jan also appreciates the opportunities she gets to socialize with other members of ASF. Being able to relate to others who have had similar difficulties and see them making improvements serves as a great motivator and reminder that she is not alone. Jan says participation at ASF has helped her identify resources and supports around the community and is thankful for everything the staff have done for her. She believes that ASF is vital for every stroke survivor because it ultimately validates their purpose and reason to live.
Support systems are a valuable aspect of anyone's life. Jan's biggest supports are her husband Joe, daughter Mallory, and son Joey. Both her and Joe are grateful for their friends that are always willing to offer a hand around the house whenever needed. Jan knows staff and participants at ASF will always be there for her.
In the end, Jan is just grateful to be alive, having a deeper appreciation for each day lived and all the friends and family within it.
sponsorsRose Luncheon Sponsors

Tea Rose Sponsors
  • Kathy & Jeff Parker
Rose Bud Sponsors
  • Jeanette & Dana Boucher
  • Peed Foundation
  • Pfizer
  • Saint Luke's Physiatry
  • Shirley Rose
  • University of Kansas Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • University of Kansas Health System
Rose Petal Sponsors
  • Ability KC
  • Betsy & Phillip Brown
  • Dunn Family Foundation
  • Numotion
  • University of Kansas Health System
  • University of Kansas Health System Department of Neurosurgery
  • University of Kansas Occupational Therapy Education
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.