Stroke Awareness Oregon

Stroke Awareness Oregon
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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

Participate in #GivingTuesday and Receive Prize

Stroke Awareness Oregon is one of approximately 70 nonprofits featured in Central Oregon Gives, where donations this week will earn a prizes from Worthy Brewing and FJALL RAVEN.  Please click the image below to support our cause – and win!

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


SAO has partnered with local wellness providers; St. Charles Health Systems, CORA, High Lakes Medical, Oregon Vascular Specialists and Bend Fire – in creating the above 4:00 minute video that discusses the seriousness of stroke, how to recognize and what to do F.A.S.T.  During the month of November we are collectively bringing awareness to the community through a number of initiatives; media outreach that includes a news report by KTVZ, radio interview on KPOV, and weekly radio interviews on all the Horizon Broadcasting stations each Sunday from November 10th through the 1st of December.  Thank you to all our media partners.  Here are the weekly interviews throughout the month, added each week:

SAO has also teamed up with James Nelson, a local Boy Scout that is doing his Eagle Scout project around the November awareness campaign, distributing 2,000 of the 10,000 postcards printed to local Boy Scout Troops, organized 8 local doctors offices who have committed to distributing a postcard to each patient during the month of November.  In addition to the fantastic distribution of the postcards throughout Central Oregon, James was also able to share the awareness message with Facebook in Prineville who is placing the postcard design on their computer monitors throughout the month.  SAO is always looking for volunteers, those that could use support, as a survivor or a caregiver, please reach out to us if we can be of service.

About Stroke Awareness Oregon

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. Here are a couple articles we strongly recommend you read.
  • Are you a service club member? – would you like to schedule a presentation – click here for more information and schedule a date.

Participate In Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group
Survivor Support Group

Thank you to our Sponsors for their support


OPB features Geoff Babb, Bend’s inventor of AdvenChair.  Click here to read and listen to this inspiring story.

It was a pleasure to have Ted Baxter here in Central Oregon – if you missed any of his events, see a presentation HERE on Facebook or HERE on YouTube.

SAO at Plasker Chiropractic Grand Opening – thank you to Dr. Plasker in showcasing SAO at the recent Grand Opening.

Articles worth reading

SAO Board member Mary Burns has a great read – “But I talk just fine…”

Archive of past articles worth reading.

Other Links to Check Out

One Stroke Forward is the first foundation focused on helping younger stroke survivors reach their full potential in recovery. Insurance and personal resources often limit a survivor’s ability to do everything possible to get better, and that’s when One Stroke Forward steps in to help.

Brain Health Registry – When you complete online brain tests, they get “snapshots” of your health and brain performance. With many snapshots, from you and others, we can make a huge difference.  Go to the website to learn more.

Oregon Adaptive Sports – Winter is coming, ready for the slopes?  Our friends over at Oregon Adaptive Sports has all the information you need to take full advantage of the wonderful setting for activity here in Central Oregon.

Affiliate of AirMedCare (Airlink)

Benefit SAO and protect your household by enrolling in an AirLink Critical Care Transport Membership using GET CODE 11674. For SAO to get credit,  please go HERE to learn more.

Innovation right here in Bend, Oregon!

From the first time Geoff Babb tried to go for a ride to the park in his wheelchair, he promptly did a face plant as the front wheels got stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. Geoff and Yvonne have been looking for ways to create a chair that can handle all types of terrain, as well as for people who can help them make it. Here’s more about the team who have made the AdvenChair what it is today.

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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