Stroke Awareness Oregon

Stroke Awareness Oregon

Stroke Awareness Oregon

“Everyday when I get dressed, I realize how different my life could have been if I had gotten to the hospital sooner.”
Lawnae Hunter
SAO Founder & Stroke Survivor

Stroke Awareness Oregon, a community based nonprofit serving the Central Oregon area exists to make a difference in stroke outcomes and recovery. Our Board and Volunteers work to increase awareness about the importance of identifying stroke symptoms and getting immediate help. We also strive to increase understanding about stroke prevention and how stroke survivors and caregivers can receive support for a full, post-stroke life.

  • Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the U.S.
  • Stroke is the number five cause of death in Oregon.
  • One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime! It could be YOU or someone you love.

Read about Board President Dr. Steve Goins’ fundraising bike ride…

Our Board President, Dr. Steve Goins, undertook a 600 mile bike ride through Oregon, from Idaho to the Pacific Ocean, as a fundraiser and public awareness campaign for Stroke Awareness Oregon (SAO). Read about it here.

November is National Caregivers Month

There are 2.2 million people in the United States caring for loved ones with chronic health issues including stroke.

Ways to Support the Campaign

Share the stroke Emotional Support Infographic to highlight and learn about recovery resources to support your emotional well being post stroke. Download and share Caregiver Resources to help you and/or your loved ones through the care-giving journey.


Stroke Resource Guide Survey – Coming soon


Join the Support Network to connect with other stroke survivors and caregivers, share your story and more.
Recognize your family caregiver by nominating him/her as a Stroke Hero on ASA’s Facebook page. Post inspirational messages within your social community to recognize and appreciate the many caregivers across the nation.
If you’re a healthcare professional or provider, you can also use our resources available on the Stroke Resource Center to help educate your staff, patients and community about stroke.


The important question… Why get involved?

  • As of 2017, stroke is the number five cause of death in Oregon alone!
  • In 2014, nearly 8,000 people were hospitalized for stroke in Oregon, with an estimated cost of $146 million for hospital care. Total cost is $34 billion per year nationally.
  • Stroke is the greatest cause of disability on earth.
  • Stroke strikes anyone regardless of age or gender — even infants!

Please join us as we work to change these statistics and improve the health and well-being of our community.  Please look for our up coming events and meetings here.

Join us to make a difference!

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