April 2023 - 4th Edition

Special Note from our Board President, Jim Patterson

As the newly elected SAO Board President I want to share my perspective of our efforts to educate and promote a greater awareness of stroke as a brain attack and top 5 leading cause of death in Oregon and number 1 leading cause of disability in our State. As a stroke warrior survivor I am grateful to the donors who have generously supported our work and our volunteer Board of Directors and staff of three who have shared their gifts and talents to help us advance our effort to save lives. I meet people everyday who have experienced stroke or know someone that has. 80% of strokes are preventable   In collaboration with the medical community we’d like to do more to educate our communities on prevention and recognizing when a person may be having a stroke. To save lives and minimize disability we must think F.A.S.T and make it a household safety word. All generations and ages are at risk of stroke. Should you see someone with FACIAL drooping or loss of Arm strength, slurred Speech, Time is now to call 911. FAST. 

How do we reach people with our message?  We have distributed over 50,000 FAST CARDS in communities, we have over 3000 monthly visitors to our website at www.strokeawarenessoregon.org  SAO published a book Just say Yes to life available on Amazon and SAO has Given away over 1000 books as a resource to Stroke Warriors and care givers. Thanks to a gift from the Ray Hickey Foundation we will be able to do more with volume 2. SAO has become a bridge builder in the stroke community reaching out to stroke patients via support group meetings which include Stroke warriors from across The United States and Oregon. We are also taking our message to private and public schools to educate elementary school aged children in recognizing signs of stroke and the importance of calling 911. SAO  is also collaborating with the new school of physical therapy program at Oregon State University Cascades in Bend. 

On behalf of the tens of thousands of Oregonians who have or may experience a stroke I ask if you will join us in our efforts  to make a difference in outcomes that can mean a return to a high quality of life after stroke. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help provide financial support visit our website:
www. Strokeawarenessoregon.org
or email me at 

Join us in helping save and change lives one stroke warrior at a time. 
With warm regards,
Jim Patterson





Chris Piper Business Development Professional/ Eagle Scout / Speaker / Promotional Products Industry Consultant / Board Member

Chris is a former Bend, Oregon City Councilor and works as a consultant to small and medium sized businesses. Chris graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Communication. He has been a Bend resident for 16 years. He and his wife, Marla, have a daughter who is attending Bend High as a Junior. Chris truly enjoys all that Central Oregon offers – hiking, camping, RV-ing, fly fishing, x-country skiing and snowshoeing plus jaunts over to Oregon’s coast to get his ocean fix.

David Seck PT, DPT, CBIS, CSRS

David grew up just outside of Chicago where a slew of sports injuries sent him to physical therapy and on his own journey to become a physical therapist. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a double major in Biomedical Sciences/Psychology and from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. There, he continued to foster his service learning through multiple medical missions trips to South America, adaptive sports volunteering, and as a volunteer for special olympics.  After graduating, he moved to California to escape the cold winters and work at Centre For Neuro Skills where he met his lovely wife Shannon. At CNS he developed a passion for treating individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and stroke which inspired him to pursue further specialization. David passed his test to become a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS) and has also pursued many other specialty certifications in neurologic physical therapy, including his Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS). David and Shannon opened up Spark Rehab and Wellness in Bend, Oregon to further meet a need for specialized neurological rehabilitation in the community where they work with other outstanding physical and occupational therapists. In his free time he enjoys camping with his wife and his dog Harvey, rock climbing, fly-fishing, basketball, board games, and tennis.


You are invited to an Open House - OSU-Cascades

Wednesday, April 12

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Edward J. Ray Hall, Atrium

Hosted by Christine Pollard, Founding Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy program

Come to this exciting free event - SAO will be there come say hello we would love to see you. Also, our Board President, James Patterson will be one of the speakers, come hear his inspiring story. 

Join OSU-Cascades and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for a special evening where you'll hear from faculty and students about their experiences in the new program, as well as about interesting research underway. Tour the facilities and state-of-the-art classrooms, and learn how community support is making a difference for DPT students.

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Self-Guided Tours of Edward J. Ray Hall

6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Refreshments and Short Program

Come learn how students are being trained to help people of all ages move more easily and lead better lives.

The OSU-Cascades DPT program prepares students for a rewarding career as a physical therapist. It is the first DPT program to be offered at an Oregon public university and the only one in Oregon offered at a Carnegie Foundation designated Tier 1 Research University.


COMING SOON!  Stroke Warrior Radio

In association with Stroke Awareness Oregon, we are extremely excited to announce the upcoming launch of Stroke Warrior Radio (SWR), a new 24-hour cloud-based internet radio station created
and developed by our own Stroke Warriors,
Ralph Cortese and Jim Patterson.

SWR will be a conduit of information for Stroke Warriors and caregivers from physical and occupational therapists, and medical and mental health partners.

We have a variety of programs and interviews
lined up to help educate, motive, and support our listeners throughout Oregon and beyond, such as:

  • Catch the W.A.V.E. (Warriors Achieving Victory Everyday) hosted by Ralph Cortese
  • Navigating Employment & Disability hosted by Jim Patterson 
  • Vocational Rehab
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapists
  • Assisted Living
  • Spiritual/Devotional
  • Stroke Forward by Marcia Moran
  • Occupational Therapy: speech, eyesight, cooking, activities of daily living (ADLS)
  • Nutritional Programming
  • SAO Support Groups
  • Readings from Just Say “Yes” to Life
  • Sleep Listening

Listeners can access Stroke Warrior Radio on our website, strokewarriorradio.com. We will also be connected to a variety of social media platforms. Stay tuned for the official launch date and “Catch the W.A.V.E!”



Join a Support Group via Zoom 

All Access Code: 267 166 8755

2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 3pm Support Group

1st Wednesday@ 3pm Caregivers
Hosted by Molly Buccola

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/2671668755 Zoom or
In Person - SAO Office
695 SW Mill View Way, Bend OR 97702

3rd Monday @ 6pm Young (er)

Featuring Stroke Survivors, Dr's & Therapists from around the Nation.

Group Coordinator Keith Taylor


Support Group Recordings are Sent Out the Following Day

Come Join Us!!  Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month 4pm
Zoom ID 267 166 8755 
or in Person 3rd Wednesday 4pm
Pour House Grill,  61276 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR.
Individual ordering from the menu for refreshments or meals.
Hosted by Ralph Cortese



Coming in May 

Watch for the 24 page Stroke Special Tabloid in the Bulletin.
SAO - May National Stroke Awareness Month!

Read about Stroke Prevention and Stroke Recovery!


Health Central

Tips for One-Handed Cooking After Stroke

After a stroke, many survivors find themselves either weakened or paralyzed on one side of their bodies. They may also experience spasticity in their limbs, which makes muscles tight and stiff, restricting movement. Having stiff muscles and limited or no movement on one side of the body makes everyday life a lot more challenging. Imagine going about your morning routine with one hand tied behind your back. You would have to find new ways to do the things that you used to do every day without thinking about them.

While many stroke survivors are able to overcome weakness on one side of the body through task-oriented practice and hard work with a therapist, it is important for them to learn new ways of doing things while they work on rebuilding their strength. One thing that can make a stroke survivor’s life a lot easier is learning how to cook with one hand.

Cooking can be difficult even when you have two hands. It involves a lot of prep, working with a variety of tools, and handling sharp or hot objects that can be dangerous. However, being able to cook for themselves allows stroke survivors to become more self reliant and save money buying expensive pre-made food or take out. While it will involve some practice and a few adaptive tools, cooking one-handed after stroke is possible.


Are You Concerned About Stroke? 

  • The long-term effects of stroke depend on which part of the brain was damaged and by how much.
  • Early treatment and rehabilitation after a stroke can improve recovery and many people regain a lot of abilities.
  • The most common types of disability after stroke are changes to speech, learning and understanding, and weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.
  • The healthcare professionals who can help you depend on the types of challenges you face.
  • A good first step to recovery after a stroke is to speak with your doctor or rehabilitation team.

Knowing how to best support a stroke survivor can aide in their stroke recovery. These 5 ways can be implemented and done by anyone, not just caregivers of the survivor. Getting to know the survivor and how their stroke has affected them
will help guide you in how to better support them.


Kid's Corner

We couldn't be more excited to announce that our team at SAO created a graphic novel for helping the kids in our community understand stroke! Work your way through the quiz to earn your very own certificate! The comic is available to everyone on our website. Spanish Version will also be available. 

In this one-of-a-kind collection of stories about surviving and thriving after stroke, people from all over the U.S. tell it like it is about the tragedies and triumphs they experienced after stroke. They speak with candor about their worst days, their grit and resilience, and the profound contentment and unexpected bursts of enthusiasm they feel for life today.


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