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 Co-Founder & Stroke Survivor

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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:

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 or business? – would you like to schedule an informative presentation – click here for more information, read what others have said and schedule a date.

Participate In Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group
Survivor Support Group
Men’s Only Support Group

Thank you to our Sponsors for their support


Local Boyscout James Nelson completes his Eagle Scout project by organizing and distributing 2,500 mini-posters throughout Central Oregon, click here to read his story (in his words).

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.

MCM Grant Awarded for Stroke Support Social Events – SAO received a grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in 2019 to help start their support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers.

Comfort Keepers Giving the Gift of Respite Care – a local organization that offers in-home respite care, recently notified Ruth Shilling of Stroke Awareness Oregon that they are gifting four families with respite care this holiday season.

Articles worth reading

SAO Board member Mary Burns has a great read as we’re in the Holiday season – “But I talk just fine” (December)

SAO’s friend Ted Baxter, his video presentation here in Bend and referenced an article worth reading – “MY PRIORITIES WERE ALL WRONG

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.

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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