New Stroke Wellness Center Locations
A New Year and two new stroke wellness center locations.  All three locations are experiencing growth and positive outcomes for our program participants.  While the Mission, Kansas location remains unchanged, the Kansas City, Missouri location has transitioned to the Southeast Community Center and the Blue Springs location has moved to Legacy Park Community Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
All Next Step programs include group communication classes, physical fitness with individual, group and aquatics classes, educational offerings and healthy living strategies.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 913-649-1776.

Southeast Community Center in Kansas City, MO

Legacy Park Community Center in Lee's Summit, MO

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission,KS

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, February 6, 11 am - noon
When Can I Drive Again After Stroke?
Amber Conn, DRS/OTR

Wednesday, March 6, 11 am - noon
Vocal Cord Paralysis Post Stroke: What Are the Treatment Options?
Shannon Kraft, MD
Jessica Sullivan, SLP

Wednesday, April 3, 11 am - noon
Cognition After Stroke: Why Am I/Why is My Loved One So Different?
Jerrold Yeo, PsyD. 

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 Al
by Audrey Pumphrey, OT Student

Al is one of our newest ASF members at the Legacy Park location. Al served our country for five years as a Marine and is proud of his military service. Al suffered a stroke in December 2017 and joined the ASF Next Step program last August. Since joining the program, Al enjoys the friends he has made and how they can relate to his struggles that have impacted him after suffering a stroke. When Al is not participating at ASF he enjoys going out to eat, playing rummikub, and playing old maid with his granddaughter (even if she may cheat from time to time!). Al's wife, Mary, brings Al every week and is always going out of her way to care for him. He describes his wife as his #1 and can't emphasize enough how much she does for him. Al is also grateful for all the support he receives from his two adult children. One of Al's favorite parts at ASF is participating in all the fun exercise opportunities and spending time with his close friends. Although Al has had to deal with some changes with his body post-stroke, he still continues to have a positive attitude and makes the most out of any situation.

Healthy Eating Recipe

Turkey Chili
by Mayo Clinic Staff

This chili uses roasted vegetables and turkey meat instead of ground beef for a full, hearty flavor.

  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 pound chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 cups diced canned tomatoes, no-salt-added variety
  • 4 cups canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 475 F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the zucchini in a single layer in the baking dish. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly tender and lightly browned.

While the zucchini is roasting, add the oil and chopped onions to a dutch oven or soup pot. Saute over low heat until the onions are browned. Add the celery and peppers and continue to saute. Add garlic, turkey, chili powder and cumin seed. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable broth, brown sugar and the roasted zucchini. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle into warmed individual bowls. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 1 ½ cups

Monounsaturated fat
2 g
Total fat
4 g
Saturated fat
1 g
26 g
Trans fat
57 mg
178 mg
Total carbohydrate
28 g
Added sugars
0.5 g
Dietary fiber
8 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Carolyn
by Laryssa Ferreira Booth, OT Student

Carolyn is a beautiful woman who loves to match her clothes and earrings. Carolyn is always kind to everyone and a joy to be around. After experiencing a stroke 13 years ago, she decided to join the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) and has been a member for 12 years now. Her three favorite parts of the ASF program are: to exercise using the NUStep machine; to participate in an exercise program with the personal trainer; and to interact and get to know different people.
Outside of ASF, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her daughter when she is home. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and watching TV, especially the shows with Steve Harvey. Carolyn has a great support system. Her dad, who is now deceased, used to drive her to ASF all the time. Her daughter, Morgan, who is doing a medical residency in Arizona, calls Carolyn often and comes home for the holidays. Carolyn has a caregiver she has known for many years, Kim, as she used to be her daughter's daycare provider. Kim drives Carolyn to ASF three times a week and assist with what is needed. Other family members who live out of town check on Carolyn periodically. The ASF members are also very supportive of her.
Carolyn looks at life differently after the stroke stating, "Life could be short, you never know." Since her stroke, Carolyn exercises more and eats healthier. She talks about the importance of participating at the ASF Next Step program affirming, "They do help me to think about taking care of myself." In addition, Carolyn loves interacting with other stroke survivors. She has learned a lot from life. She expresses tearfully, "It can be tough, but I have a great family." Carolyn said her family taught her how to be courageous, humble, and blessed. Carol's mom died from cancer and taught her how to be resilient and not take life for granted.

Meet David
by Sarah Richardson, OTA Student

David's top three favorite classes at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step program are: 1.) Musical Grati-Tunes and 2.) Music with Maggie, because they are fun; and 3.) Survivor Support with Don, because it's thought-provoking! When David is not at the ASF program, he enjoys playing computer games such as Lord of the Rings, walking or biking to Caribou Coffee, and he enjoys his dark-brown with black stripes cat, Jacque, who is 14 years old.
David has a little sister, Kathy, who is busy working and being their Father's and other sister's support. However, she makes time for David and helps by cutting his nails and beard once a month. She even gets Jacque his kitty litter! David also has a home care company come once a week to help with laundry, sweeping, and dishes. They stay for two hours and clean house for David and Jacque.
David was an architect before having a stroke. Unfortunately, the things he did in architecture with the CAD program and drawing can be challenging when attempting to do one-handed. Even doing so, it would be hard to keep up with the demands of the profession considering the extra time that might require, but none the less, David still uses his hands to make beautiful projects in the activity opportunities at ASF! He created a mini-bridge that was able to hold up the most weight, with his talent and skill certainly not lost!
David chooses to look at life in a positive sense - that he survived, and nowadays, he relaxes easier because he doesn't get stressed out about anything! He says, "It's not a big of deal in the grand scheme!" ASF has given him the opportunity to be more active. David believes ASF offers him a place to be with friends, a sense of community, and even wards off depression. When asked what he has learned from life, David utters the words many stroke survivors have been heard speaking, "to live each day as if it could be your last, to the fullest". He adds to not put things off, keeping the important things first. David has an eye for not only architecture, but a new foundation that is strong in community and what really matters.

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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