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

 Help Line: (541) 323-5641




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.

Our mission is guided by CARE.


Our team works in partnership with hospitals, community leaders, and businesses to continually provide stroke education and resources to the community.

We love getting involved with events, and are always looking for new ways to fundraise!

Reach out to Ben Ritt for ways we can work together!


Let's make F.A.S.T. a household safety word together!

If you'd like us to send you FAST cards, please reach out to our office manager, Sheri Terry for more information!


Your best possible recovery matters to us! From support groups to publishing resources we are here to support you and your family.

Keith Taylor oversees all Support Groups - Get in touch with him if you'd like to be a Guest Speaker for a Support Group or more information regarding them!


Before you're affected by stroke our goal is to educate families and businesses on the key elements of stroke prevention remember to think F.A.S.T.

Stroke Awareness Oregon has multiple educational resources from books to videos. If you'd be interested in our team giving your business or group a presentation, reach out to Ben Ritt so we can get it scheduled!

Donating to help fund our mission is as easy as ever!

Simply text the word “Give” to

(541) 275-0328

Warriors and Heroes


Lawnae Hunter was soaking up the sunshine in the Turks and Caicos on December 14th, 2014 when she decided to join her nine-year-old granddaughter for the waterslide. She had traveled with her children and grandchildren to enjoy some vacation time on the remote Island. But to everyone’s surprise when Lawnae hit the water at the end of that water slide, her life would be changed forever. As she hit the water, she felt relatively fine until her family members noticed the droopiness that had affected the left side of her face and immediately took her into the hospital. The Islands hospital had her flown to Florida to get treatment for her stroke. When she arrived in Florida it was confirmed she had suffered an ischemic stroke, but that was not all they had found. They had also located a meningioma brain tumor that was non-cancerous, not thinking it would grow or move, they left did not remove it.

After spending some time in other hospitals, she returned to Bend on June 15, 2015. But shortly after her return she had noticed her recovery had started to reverse and get worse. She went into hospitals and it was there they discovered her brain tumor was in fact growing and needed to be removed immediately. After the surgery, Lawnae went right back into the healing and recovery process with even more determination.

During all her trips to the Hospital she met Dr. Steve Goins, and the two discussed their passion for stroke prevention and awareness. Together the two created a 501C3 non profit organization called SAO, Stroke Awareness Oregon. This group they created was to help spread the word of signs of stroke, stroke prevention, and supporting each other in the journey of life after stroke.

She continues to support SAO, and all the people in the community who have helped build and support it. She is very thankful for all her friends and family who have stood by her side as she continues to become stronger every day.


Asa was born in Austin Texas, brought to Bend for the warm summer days and the heavy powder ski slopes that surrounded the beautiful city. He was only a young man when his life changed overnight.

It all began on January 1st, 2016.  When Asa woke up to stiffness in his right arm, but thinking he had slept on it wrong, he simply brushed off the pain and went back to sleep. As he awoke again, he tried to make his way out of bed when he fell to the ground, not being able to move his right side, he instantly knew something was not right. After struggling to get his body to move, he eventually got ahold of a phone to call his friend for help. The person on the other side of the line picked up and as Asa tried to explain what was happening he couldn’t get out the words. Luckily, Asa’s friend could tell something was wrong due to the lack of Asa’s ability to form a sentence, so he immediately called for help and Asa was rushed to the hospital.

At the hospital, Asa was informed he had suffered a stroke. He knew in that moment he needed to start the recovery process right away, and he did just that. Asa has been determined in his therapy since the stroke and continues to work hard to become stronger and to achieve his goals. He routinely walks to Jackson Corner or Thump Coffee to strengthen his body and savor a good cup of coffee.

Currently, Asa works with autistic children and enjoys giving back to the community. He is passionate about working with other stroke survivors to encourage them on their journey. A full-time student working on a Masters degree, Asa enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dog, Fancy.

“Stroke is something I am going to get over.” -Asa


Living in Joseph, Oregon with Debbie his wife, Bill’s life was full.  A real estate broker with an active social life and a thriving company…until Thursday October 24th, 2014 when everything changed forever.

Bill experienced a Lacunar stroke which left him with right side paralysis, impaired vision, loss of speech and difficulty swallowing.  On Friday, Debbie took him to the ER because of symptoms but Bill had been planning a banquet and decided to return home.  On Saturday, they realized things were not getting better.  They called 9-1-1 and at the hospital they were told why he was experiencing all the issues with his body.

On Halloween he was flown to Bend where he had family that could support him and Debbie.  He spent 30 days in in-patient care.  Following release, he and his wife decided it was best if they were to stay in Bend.  They closed their real estate office and moved their things into a relative’s home.  In April they sold their Joseph home and purchased a townhome in Bend.  It was difficult losing their friends and lifestyle.

Though moving to Bend and working to recover from the stroke has been challenging, Bill continues to set goals for himself.  He loves to ride his trike through the neighborhood and is an avid swimmer involved in aquatic therapy.  He has made many new friends and is involved in Stroke Awareness Oregon support groups as is Debbie.  Speech is coming back with much effort as are walking and communication skills.  Bill is a role model to many and will continue lifting others up and helping them on their journeys.

“As both an EMS provider and as an educator, one of the biggest disparities I have seen in Stroke Awareness is the belief that there is little we can do. Education tends to center around that the outcome has all ready been determined. Dr. Steve Goins has put together a program that dispelled that belief system. This same belief used to exist in Cardiac Arrest as well. That is until a dedicated team pointed out that our attitudes we creating a self-full-filling prophecy. Now Bend has an average of 60% survival rates from cardiac arrest with no neuro deficiency. I believe that with the dedicated team at Stroke Awareness Oregon, we can see the same results with strokes."

Resources can be hard to find when talking about stroke

Recovering from a stroke is hard enough to do from the physical. However more than just the brain is affected when a stroke occurs. Below you will find quick links to resources for stroke survivors, their caregivers, their families, and resources for those who want to know more about the stroke.

Words from Our Patients

Stroke Updates

We are constantly on the lookout for stories of survivors, new inventions to help you live at your Best after a stroke, and news for the stroke community.


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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 emergency by 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.

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