Happy Thanksgiving from the 
American Stroke Foundation! 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with good food and good friends.

November 27, 2018

Following the retail events of Black Friday,
Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for people around the world to support what matters most to
them and share that support with their social media networks.

Please consider making a donation on November 27 to empower stroke survivors and their families to overcome the challenges of life after stroke.

Busy that day? Click here to make a gift now!

From all of us at the American Stroke Foundation thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday and every single day you help to further our mission.
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, December 5, 11 am - noon
Keeping Your Heart in Rhythm
Rhea Pimentel, MD

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 Jim
by Hannah Traxler, OT Student

Jim has been a member at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for almost one year. Before his stroke, Jim was a carpenter for 42 years and used to live down at the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife Carolyn. He loved keeping up with the yard work in the lake community, fishing, and driving around in his pickup truck. After his stroke, he and Carolyn moved into a new home in Independence which was more accommodating in regards to his mobility. Jim's wife, Carolyn, is a big support to Jim after his stroke. She helps to motivate him, cooks for him, and helps him get to and from ASF and other places around town he needs to go. In addition to his wife, Jim has two daughters who are supportive and try to come visit him once a month. He also has a sister-in-law who lives in Lee's Summit and has been a huge support for transportation and providing the care Jim has needed after his stroke. For fun, Jim and Carolyn like to do puzzles at home and occasionally go out for dinner. Jim also loves to draw.
ASF has been helpful to Jim because it allowed him to meet other people and realize there are others going through similar challenges after having a stroke. He also loves to workout with Joan and the occupational therapy students and believes he would not have come as far as he has without them because they push him to reach his full potential! Jim additionally likes to participate in the provided activities at the Stroke Foundation. A few things Jim has learned after his stroke and through attending ASF is life is wonderful and to never take anything for granted. He said he feels fortunate to be where he is right now and have the support system of his family and ASF!

Healthy Eating Recipe

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
by Mayo Clinic Staff

Instead of using canned sweet potatoes and marshmallows, this recipe uses fresh sweet potatoes and a lighter glaze that brings out the flavor of the sweet potatoes and saves calories.

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into wedges
  • Cracked black pepper or chopped herb of choice (rosemary, sage or thyme), to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

To make the sauce, in a small bowl add the water, brown sugar, honey and olive oil. Whisk until smooth.

Place a single layer of sweet potatoes in the baking dish. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes. Turn to coat them.
Cover and bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Turn the sweet potatoes once or twice to continue coating them. When tender, remove the cover and continue to bake until the glaze is set, about 15 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and top with pepper or chopped herb of choice. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 2/3 cup

Monounsaturated fat
1 g
Total fat
2 g
Saturated fat
< 1 g
2 g
Trans fat
0 g
0 mg
42 mg
Total carbohydrate
31 g
Added sugars
8 g
Dietary fiber
4 g

For more healthy Thanksgiving recipes from the Mayo Clinic Staff, click here.
StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Kevin
by Courtney Hendricks, OT Student

Kevin is a stroke survivor participating in the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step Program in Mission, KS. Kevin stated his favorite aspects of ASF include, "the people, the ability to work-out and the ability to practice speech." Outside of ASF, one of Kevin's most valued past times include going outside and walking his dog, Abby. In addition to his furry friend, Kevin has a wonderful mother who acts as his support system. His mother, Jackie, helps Kevin with whatever he needs.

Since having a stroke, Kevin looks at life a little differently. He stated, "I don't talk as well, my balance is off, and my fine motor skills are shot." He light-heartedly added, "there's been a decrease in my golf game!" However, when asked how coming to ASF has changed his life view, Kevin stated it's changed because he realizes it could be worse. Throughout his interview, Kevin demonstrated his positivity by displaying a smile and an upbeat demeanor when explaining his outlook on life. Aside from his perspective on life since attending the ASF, Kevin has formulated a few lessons when navigating through his own life endeavors. From his experiences, Kevin points out that no one is irreplaceable and, "you get what you pay for!"

Meet Lee
by Jodi Hellebusch, OT Student

Lee has enjoyed attending American Stroke Foundation (ASF) since October of 2016. He states every day he comes to ASF he knows he is going to feel good that day. Lee experienced his stroke in June 2014. He didn't realize it was a stroke at the time and did not experience symptoms right away. However, slowly over time he began to lose his balance, intermittently lost movement in his body, and had weakness in his left side. Lee and his wife, Joyce, discovered ASF where he continues to work towards his goals of walking and performing more tasks around the house. Lee says, "I enjoy every moment at ASF," as he gets to talk to others with similar experience as him and make time for exercise. He especially enjoys being challenged and working hard in the range of motion workout classes led by Dani or the exercise staff.

In his younger years, Lee attended Lillis High School in Kansas City, MO. He continued his education at Pittsburg State, where he met his lovely wife, Joyce, shortly after returning from serving in the Vietnam War. Lee and Joyce were married in 1971 and have 5 children and 8 grandchildren to keep up with! Joyce helps support Lee in meeting his rehabilitation goals and states ASF has also benefited her health as well. She loves coming to ASF and learning from the other caregivers. She states, "It is helpful to know I am not going through this alone. Also, Lee is more independent, more alive when he attends ASF!"
When Lee is not at ASF he enjoys reading, looking at magazines, and watching TV. He had a successful career as a real estate appraiser and still has a great interest in looking at houses. Lee often watches house remodeling programs on HGTV and recommends "Love It or List It," as it is one of his favorites!
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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

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

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

Marilyn Rymer, MD

Robbie Small

Shirley Rose