STROKE IS A BRAIN ATTACK!  If you think you or someone you love is having a stroke, CALL 9-1-1 NOW!



F.A.S.T. is an acronym used to remember symptoms of a stroke.

The acronym stands for
Facial drooping, Arm weakness,
Speech difficulties and Time to call 9-1-1.

Stroke is a BRAIN ATTACK
but Preventable

While stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, 80% of strokes can be prevented.

About Stroke Awareness Oregon

Stroke Awareness Oregon Logo

Stroke Awareness Oregon, a non-profit created by physicians, stroke survivors and community members exists ‘to eliminate disability and death from stroke through awareness of causes, symptoms, and treatment, and through recovery support’.   The fifth leading cause of death in Oregon and the greatest source of disability worldwide, stroke is a medical emergeby striking over 800,000 people nationwide each year.  Stroke Awareness Oregon is making a difference in stroke outcomes and recovery through these four goals:

  • To educate about stroke causes, prevention and treatment options
  • To make F.A.S.T. a household safety word
  • To support the recovery of stroke survivors and their families
  • To do this work in partnership with the medical community, businesses and the community.

Our mission is fulfilled through partnership with volunteers, donors, businesses and the medical community.


80% of strokes are preventable.  There are advances in stroke treatment and care but challenges still exist. A person experiencing  a stroke may arrive too late to fully benefit from new medical advances.  And those surviving a stroke and completing rehabilitation frequently find themselves without clear direction, follow-up or support.  Couples and families find themselves isolated, confused and depressed.  Stroke Awareness Oregon, through work on the four key goals  makes a difference.

Join us to make a difference!

“I knew I felt funny but sure didn’t know I was having a stroke. So grateful one of my co-workers knew about F.A.S.T (Face, Arm, Speech and Time) and called 911.”

Stroke Survivor

Recognize Stroke and Act F.A.S.T. – SAO Works with Area Wellness Providers

SAO has partnered with local wellness providers; St. Charles Health SystemsCORAHigh Lakes MedicalOregon Vascular Specialists and Bend Fire – in creating this 4:00 minute video that discusses the seriousness of stroke, how to recognize and what to do F.A.S.T.

Thank you to all our media partners.

Warriors and Heroes

A Story of Hope –
The Kaplans

View the Kaplans’ story of how acting F.A.S.T. made a difference in their lives.

Stroke hero: Julie explains how she took FAST action

Julie Ritchie-Cody registered a bubbly 85-year woman at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. When the woman returned the next day, Julie saw something was wrong and acted FAST.

Pamela — A Stroke Survivor’s Story

Pamela of Bend Oregon was in Palm Desert on January 1st of 2017 when she suffered from a severe stroke. Her clot was so big it was difficult to treat and left Pamela with lack of mobility to one side of her body. She worked very hard every day putting effort into her recovery, spending three hours a day on physical therapy, occupational therapy, as well as speech therapy. After spending some time in the hospital and focusing on recovering in Palm Desert, she made her way to Bend Oregon to continue her journey. Read her story here.