World Stroke Day is October 29
Statistics show one in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime, which can result in death or disability. 
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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, November 6, 11 am - noon
Charge Your Brain After Stroke Through Exercise
Sandra Billinger, PhD

Wednesday, December 4, 11 am - noon
Sexual Health and Healing after Having a Stroke
Kimberly Vandegeest-Wallace, 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 John 
by Christina Flucke, OT Student

John is an American Stroke Foundation (ASF) participant who always has a smile on his face and a sense of humor to go along with it. John has been through some difficult times though. He is thankful to be alive after coding in the hospital during his stroke. It has taken a long time to regain a lot of the independence he lost after the stroke. John is no longer able to golf or drive, but thankful he can do many of the things he loves.

John loves being able to participate in all the different activities at ASF especially aquatics. His time here lets him have great conversations with his fellow participants while getting in a great workout. John is happy he can spend the whole day making these accomplishments. John said he has gotten so much stronger from these experiences and continues building his strength and endurance each day.

Outside of ASF, John likes to watch TV and spend time with his wife, Sandy, and family. He particularly loves going shopping with Sandy so he can get exactly what he wants from the store. They also like having date nights and going to their favorite restaurants. John says Sandy is his biggest supporter in his recovery and helps him throughout each day.

His advice to people would be to enjoy life. Appreciate every day and enjoy the good things you are given. All of John's experiences have taught him this lesson and he is open to sharing those experiences with others.

Healthy Eating Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
from Mayo Clinic Staff

Greek yogurt is the secret to these healthy, tender pumpkin spice muffins. Use Greek yogurt to reduce or replace shortening, oil or butter. This cuts fat and makes muffins extra moist and tender. And consider using fresh pumpkin.

Serves: 4

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly coat 2 muffin tins with cooking spray. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, yogurt, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and salt. 

Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients, using a mixer. Mix ingredients until just incorporated, about 1 to 2 minutes. 

Scoop ¼ cup batter into each muffin well. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins spring back when pressed lightly on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size:  1 muffin

Total fat
4 g
6 g
Monounsaturated fat
2 g
25 mg
Saturated fat
0 g
Total carbohydrate
37 g
Trans fat
0 g
Dietary fiber
1 g
132 mg
Total sugars
21 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Bill
by Andrea Juarez, OT Student

Bill has been a participant at American Stroke Foundation (ASF) since January. He states he loves spending time with all the participants at ASF, and especially enjoys attending Music with Maggie, Creative Conversations and aquatics.
In his free time, Bill loves playing basketball, hunting with his two sons, and spending time with his family. Bill talks about how his wife, Maria, is his biggest support system, stating "She is the best. I am so lucky to have her." Bill's sons, Marty and Bernie, who are there to help him around the house, often pick him up from ASF, and enjoy watching baseball games together. Bill is beyond proud of his two sons and how supportive they are.
Bill says his life changed a lot after having a stroke. He states it is important to take advantage of the time we have with our friends and family. Bill says he was very fortunate to have met all the participants, staff and volunteers at ASF. He couldn't imagine his life without all these new friends.
Bill shares the most important thing in life..."is to work hard and play hard." Bill is a big believer in being responsible but knowing when to relax and have fun with your loved ones.

Meet Roger
by Emily Cataldi, OT Student

Roger is a participant at our new Kansas City North location. Hi s favorite part of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step program is it allows him to get out of the house and associate with different people. " I don't think of ASF as a stroke program because it's not presented that way, which is what I like about it. I feel like it is more of just a human relations type of program. Nobody dwells on the stroke factor, it's just something that occurred, and I think all of us are trying to put it behind us and go on with life."
Outside of ASF, Roger enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren, watching sports, and making visits to the car dealership that he use to co-own with his brother. His favorite sports teams to watch are the Cubs, Royals, Chiefs and Kansas basketball.
Roger is very thankful to also have an amazing support system outside of ASF. He expressed his gratitude for his wife, Barbie, who has been his biggest support throughout it all. "She is wonderful and is a huge help, especially with helping me navigate my surroundings after losing most of my vision following my stroke." Roger's children have also been a great support system for him. He love to visit and play with my grandchildren whenever he can.
Since his stroke, a lot has changed for Roger. He had owned a car dealership with his brother and absolutely loved this job, however he had to hand the company over to his brother following his stroke since his vision was impacted. "Sure, I miss work and I'll never get over that, however, life goes on and I don't dwell in pity. I now have more time to just enjoy my family and my grand-kids ."
Roger is thankful for ASF because it has given him the opportunity to bond with other individuals who have gone through similar experiences. Roger's final words of wisdom regarding what he has learned from life are "If you hit a bumpy road you have to find a different path. You take it in stride and keep going on and that's part of life. You're always going to hit bumps, but you have to keep a smile on your face and keep functioning."
Save The Date ...

Stroke Walk 2020
September 12, 2020

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
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.