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Stroke Walk 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019

 Cloverleaf Office Park

6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy

Overland Park, KS

On-Site Registration 8-9:30 am

Walk Begins 9:30 am


Raise funds for the American Stroke Foundation by gathering family and friends for a fun morning of music, complimentary breakfast, and a walk in the park. Walkers of all abilities are welcome. 

Sponsorship information is available  here .

Cocktails For A Cure
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
4-7 pm
Brew Top Pub & Patio
6601 W 135th St,  Overland Park, KS

Join us for this great "fun"draiser benefiting the American Stroke Foundation. Cash bar. No cost to attend, so bring your family and friends. Lots of great live and silent auction items to bid on. 

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, September 4, 11 am - noon
Start Thinking Wellness, Not Illness
Sarah Eickmeyer, MD

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

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 Glen
by Kristen Gutman, OT Student

Glen is member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) involved at the Legacy Park Community Center in Lee's Summit. Glen is a Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam War. After honorable discharge from military service Glen became a truck driver. Glen has traveled all over the country, visiting all 50 states for work. He says his favorite place is Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville is a special place where Glen was stationed during his time in the military and it is a beautiful place to visit. If you are traveling through the area he recommends you stop and enjoy the scenery.

At ASF Next Step, Glen has gained many friends, enjoyed numerous games of dominos, and played many games of pool volleyball. When Glen is not at ASF he likes to watch sports, especially the Chiefs and Royals, or watch his grandchildren race go-karts and play sports. Glen and his wife Shirley have 5 children and 7 grandchildren that keep them very active. His wife and family are a big part of his support system.

After his stroke in 2008, Glen says ASF has helped him enjoy his life and has given him many people to connect with. Creative conversations and his ASF support system have been a blessing to him and his family. Glen says it's important to remember that life is a rollercoaster -- appreciate every moment, be thankful for your support system, work through the challenges ahead, and always have faith.

Healthy Eating Recipe

Spaghetti Pesto Sauce and Zucchini
from American Stroke Association

Pesto doesn't need to be made with just basil leaves. Other greens or herbs like spinach, arugula, or mint can be subbed for the same amount of basil.

Serves: 6

  • 4 medium zucchini (chopped)
  • 12 oz. packaged, whole-wheat spaghetti (1 package)
  • 1 bunch fresh basil (about 2 cups), washed
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts or almonds, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
Trim the ends off the zucchini and discard the ends. Thinly slice each zucchini into rounds.
Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add zucchini to the pan over medium-high heat. Stirring frequently. Sauté zucchini until softened, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove zucchini from heat.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spaghetti into the boiling water, cooking according to package directions (without adding salt). When pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander, making sure to save ¼ cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, make the pesto sauce. Into the bowl of a food processor, add 2 cups cooked zucchini along with basil leaves, garlic, nuts, water, oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Process the mixture until blended, about 1 minute, adding another 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if needed for a thinner consistency.
In a large bowl, mix together drained spaghetti and pesto sauce, along with 1 to 2 tablespoons reserved pasta water for moisture (or more, if needed). Top with the rest of the cooked zucchini and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size:  2 oz of spaghetti

Monounsaturated fat
3.4 g
Total fat
6.2 g
Saturated fat
1 g
11 g
Trans fat
0 g
1 mg
132 mg
Total carbohydrate
48 g
Added sugars
5 g
Dietary fiber
9 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Ken
by Andrea Juarez, OT Student

Ken is a relatively new participant at American Stroke Foundation (ASF) and states he is grateful for the group of friends and support he has received and enjoys meeting all the new students who are part of ASF. Ken's favorite activity is aquatic therapy, as he enjoys doing the wide variety of exercises and working on his balance in the fun, pool environment.
In his free time, Ken enjoys reading and spending time with his family. His favorite book currently, is a biography about Winston Churchill. Ken also shared that he has a dog named Joplin, who is a Labrador-Whippet mix. Ken reminisces on how birds will mimic his whistle when he whistles to Joplin when they are outside together.
Ken said he his biggest support system is his wife. His wife keeps him on schedule with all the different activities he has throughout the day. Ken also has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Ken says all his grandchildren are incredibly unique and he loves spending as much time as possible with them. Ken also mentioned his friends have been very supportive and stop by regularly to spend time with him.
Ken states after his stroke, he realized " is not permanent, you can have a stroke or something else can happen to you. It is important to take advantage of life." Ken explained the importance of taking the time to appreciate all the small things in life and he appreciates the difference the American Stroke Foundation is making for him and others.

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
(opening in August 2019)
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.