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

Sponsorship information is available 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

Healthy Eating
Here's a refreshing Chicken Salad with Pineapple that is sure to be a go to recipe for a quick summer meal.  Balsamic vinegar adds vibrant flavor to this salad and only a smidgen of fat and sodium.  (Read more...)
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. Here are some stories of participants and the gains they have made.

Meet Anthony R.
by Morgan Odell, OT student

Anthony has been a member of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) for 3 years after having his stroke in 2014. When Anthony is not at ASF, you can find him watching movies, such as the comedy movie Friday, or cheering on his favorite sports teams. His favorite sport to watch is professional basketball and his favorite team is the Lakers, although he states he also likes to watch other sports, such as football and baseball when it is not basketball season.
Anthony's favorite parts about being a member of the American Stroke Foundation are the people, the outing into the community, and the push for exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. 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. In addition to ASF, Anthony has great support at home through his mom, dad, and brother, who help him further to commit to exercising on a regular basis and taking care of his health.
Having a stroke has taught Anthony many things, but he feels the most important lesson he has learned and advice for others is to take your health seriously, exercise regularly, drink more water, as well as to be consistent with medications and follow doctor's instructions.

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, July 11, 11 am - noon
Your Best Chance to Reverse Stroke
Michael Abraham, MD

Wednesday, August 1, 11 am - noon
Dietary Measures to Reduce Your Stroke Risk
Amy Huelle, RD

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!

StoriesMeet Some Next Step Participants  (continued)
Meet Charlie
by Katie Zimmerman, OT Student

Charlie grew up in North Kansas City. Following high school he attended Penn Valley Community College, Washburn University, and Park University where he received a degree in Business. Charlie met his wife, Vickie, on a blind date set up by one of his good friends. Charlie said, "She impressed me", and can even remember what she wore on that first date. Vickie and Charlie dated for a year when Vickie gave him an ultimatum, telling Charlie marriage was the next step and she was ready. Charlie knew she was the one, and after forty-five years of marriage and two children, they now look back and laugh at that ultimatum proposal. Charlie worked at Yellow Freight in their logistics department for twenty-five years and then worked for the IRS for 10 years before retiring after his stroke.
Charlie has been at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) since the end of January 2018. His favorite part of ASF is the friends he has made. Charlie's one word of advice is to have "patience", especially when you become frustrated in finding the right word you want to say.
Charlie 's interest include being a fan of cars, particularly Corvettes, dancing with his wife when they get the chance to go out, listening to symphonies on occasion, spending time with their four grandchildren, and playing any sport that includes a ball. They also enjoy traveling, with their favorite place being St. Lucia. They both took scuba diving lessons, which Vickie said was her idea, but stated "Charlie was a pro from the beginning." Vickie also went on to described how Charlie saved her life while they were scuba diving, as she had gone deeper than she was supposed to, becoming very light headed and started to lose consciousness, resulting in Charlie grabbing Vickie and bringing her back to the surface. Charlie and Vickie are going to Bermuda Barbados for their next trip.

Meet Frank
by Jessica Knaack, OT Student
Frank is 82 years old and was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. He got married to his wife Kathleen when he was 31 years old. She has since passed away, but they had three children together (two girls, one boy), whom Frank remains close with. Currently, he lives in Independence, MO with his daughter and her family, and is a die-hard Cardinals fan.

When Frank was 80 years old, he underwent surgery on his foot. Upon returning home from the hospital, he laid down to rest and a clot traveled up from his foot and into his brain. This caused him to have a left-sided stroke which has impacted his ability to walk and speak clearly. He and his family knew he was experiencing a stroke due to sudden onset of right sided weakness and difficulty speaking. Frank's current support system includes his children, his grandchildren, and the American Stroke Foundation (ASF).

Frank's top three favorite parts about attending ASF include: talking with everyone every day, being able to practice walking in a safe place, and being around the other members. He feels that ASF has changed his view on life following his stroke due to constant opportunities to smile and laugh with others, socialize, and how to pace himself throughout his recovery. Frank wishes he could do more and plans to continue attending ASF in order to reach his goals. When Frank is not at ASF, he enjoys watching baseball and golf, playing golf/horseshoes, spending time with family, and traveling (i.e. cruises). He did much of this before his stroke and is continuing to work towards more active engagement in each today.

Frank feels he has learned to live in the moment due to his stroke. Therefore, his goals are to get out and walk as much as he can, progress to a cane from his walker, and play golf and horseshoes again with more independence. He feels that ASF and his support system can aid him in reaching these goals!

RecipeHealthy Eating Recipe

Chicken Salad with Pineapple
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Serves 8
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each about 5 ounces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained except for 2 tablespoons juice
2 cups broccoli florets
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cut each chicken breast into cubes. In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes. 

In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked chicken, pineapple chunks, broccoli, spinach and onions.

To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour over the salad. Toss gently to coat evenly. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 2 cups



Total carbohydrate

7 g

Dietary fiber

1 g


50 mg

Saturated fat

1.5 g

Monounsaturated fat

7 g

Trans fat


Total fat

10 g


51 g


17 g

Added sugars

2 g

Total sugars

5 g

Stroke Walk 2017 Pictures

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

Stroke Survivor Navigation Program Coordinator

Next Step Program Coordinator
Director of Marketing

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