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Our Mission Is To
empower survivors and their families to overcome the challenges of life after stroke
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The American Stroke Foundation NEXT STEP Program offers a variety of classes and activities designed to promote wellness in stroke survivors. These classes include:

Creative Conversation
Practice conversing on a variety of topics - everybody takes part in the conversation.
Adapt To The World
Learn how to increase daily independence at home and in the community.
Empower Yourself
Quest to become more independent, resourceful, and better connected to the community.
Clubhouse
Choose and participate in activities of your choice (e.g., crafts, reading, games, conversation). You’re the boss!

Check out the calendar below to find out when each is available throughout the month.

Who Can Participate?
Independent
All participants must be able to fulfill basic personal needs (e.g. eating, using the restroom) or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist them.
Social
Socially appropriate behavior also required. We foster a collegial family atmosphere.
Interested in participating?
913.649.1776
Give us a call to request information or schedule a tour!
What's Coming Up
Event
KS
Sep 9, 2015
3:00pm –  6:00pm
The Stroke Walk
Sep 12, 2015
8:00am –  12:00pm
Want to know what else is happening?
Check out the calendar for MissionBlue SpringsCleaver
Who we are
An organization that empowers.
The Board
Richard March
Board Chair
Richard March
David Marshall
Board Vice-Chair
David Marshall
Kathy Parker
Board Treasurer
Kathy Parker
Sara Baker
Board Secretary
Sara Baker
Michael Bandre
Board Member
Michael Bandre
Lyde Doston
Board Member
Lyde Doston
Ike Francis
Board Member
Ike Francis
Micki Harrison
Board Member
Micki Harrison
Shatonda Jones
Board Member
Shatonda Jones
Joan McDowd
Board Member
Joan McDowd
Kimberly Poecker
Board Member
Kimberly Poecker
Ralph Pusey
Board Member
Ralph Pusey
Shirley Rose
Founder and Board Member
Shirley Rose
Betsy Rosetti
Board Member
Betsy Rosetti
Janice Sandt
Board Member
Janice Sandt
Emily Webb
Board Member
Emily Webb
The Staff
Jane Savidge
Executive Director
Jane Savidge
Dory Sabata
Program Director
Dory Sabata
Mary DeVeau
Administrative Assistant
Mary DeVeau
Patrick Nelson
Mission Facility Coordinator
Patrick Nelson
Dani Malan
Program Assistant
Dani Malan
Joan Kennedy
Program Assistant
Joan Kennedy
Stories
Dave
Dave

Dave had his stroke on January 9, 2013. His dad called 9-1-1 and at the hospital, he received tPA which worked. He could talk and move fairly normally after that. But half an hour later, he had a second stroke and it was pretty severe. Dave wasn’t able to use his right arm or leg, or talk outside of a handful of words. After being at St. Luke’s for a week, he went to Meadowbrook for rehab and then to Mid-America for outpatient rehab. One of the therapists at Mid-America told him about ASF. At that point, he could talk pretty well and was starting to move his right leg.

At first, Dave wasn’t excited about coming to ASF because he didn’t feel like it had much to offer him. His sister encouraged him to come and gradually, this place grew on him and he started making some friends. Dave says that the most important and helpful parts about ASF are the exercise program and the companionship. Just talking to other stroke survivors has helped him improve his speech. Dave recently moved to a new apartment in part to be closer to ASF. Dave says, “I realized that ASF has a lot to offer me—friendship, exercise, music, and games.”

Joyce
Joyce

Joyce has been attending the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) out at the Blue Springs site for a little over a year. She has had two strokes, the most recent one on March 12, 2013.

Joyce loves coming to the American Stroke Foundation for the social interaction she gets to have with the other stroke survivors. She stated, “I don’t like to miss days at ASF because I miss the people.” She is impressed by seeing all the different ways that a stroke has impacted people in the group and how they deal with all of the changes. Joyce also enjoys the exercise that ASF has to offer located within the Blue Springs YMCA. She stated that it has helped her make physical gains in strength and balance which help her when she is out in the community.

Joyce expressed that her talent is communicating with people, and ASF has helped her build confidence in doing that. The number one thing Joyce finds rewarding about the American Stroke Foundation is encouragement. The staff, program, and her peers at ASF have motivated and encouraged her to pursue things she thought she never could since her strokes. Joyce identified MaryAnn, a volunteer, as a very uplifting person. “MaryAnn always tells me you can’t now, but you will.” That gives me hope and motivation to continue to work hard.

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