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Our Mission Is To
empower survivors and their families to overcome the challenges of life after stroke
Participate

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
Support
MO
May 5, 2015
11:30am –  1:00pm
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
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
Connie Batchelder
Program Assistant
Connie Batchelder
Dani Malan
Program Assistant
Dani Malan
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.”

Carolyn
Carolyn

Before June of 2005, Carolyn was a busy, independent woman. She’d been married for 29 years, was employed as a manufacturer representative, and had recently celebrated her daughter’s graduation from Kansas State University. Besides keeping the household up and running, she found time to enjoy her friends, dine out, shop, scrapbook, and entertain.

Carolyn was giving a sales presentation on the third of June when she started to feel dizzy. She dropped her day planner and fell when she attempted to pick it up. Although she told her district manager that she felt okay, he knew better when he asked her squeeze both of his hands—and her left hand wouldn’t cooperate. He made sure then that emergency services were called. Carolyn had suffered an ischemic stroke.

And her life has changed. Carolyn walks without a cane but can’t use her left arm. She has a condition known as ‘left neglect’ so she can no longer drive or cook. For these reasons, she states, her stroke has also affected the lives of her husband and daughter, too.

Carolyn participates in the programs of the American Stroke Foundation and she enjoys many things about it—socializing with others, participating in fitness activities, and learning about stroke. She has set some goals for her future: she hopes to improve her movement and walking, and, sometime in the future, she’d love to be able to drive and cook again.

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