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“All you need is love; but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

 
 

From the Executive Director

 

 

We safely made it through the first month of 2021 and the outlook for Stroke Awareness Oregon is exciting.  With the addition of two staff members, Madeleine Meyer as Outreach Coordinator and Sheri Terry as Office Manager, we are moving quickly.

 

If you want to jump on board to help here are some fun things in the works:  

  • Crook County will be handing out FAST postcards with Cov-19 vaccinations.
  • We have Spanish FAST postcards for distribution.
  • We have FAST PSA information being broadcast this month about the importance

of calling 9-1-1 and not hesitating during the pandemic.

  • May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we are looking forward to some great events including another on-line auction.
  • Our Board is working on strategies to assure continued funding to support the life-saving work of Stroke Awareness Oregon.

 

How YOU can help:

  • Help us distribute FAST postcards.   We have the cards and will assist you.
  • Sign up to volunteer for the auction.  We need hours of extra help to procure items, market, arrange baskets and do data entry.  Much of this can be done remotely.  
  • Become a member of our newsletter team to make sure everyone is getting relevant information.
  • Find a stroke survivor or caregiver who might benefit from a support group and bring the to the next meeting.
  • Sign up as a monthly donor by going to the website www.strokeawarenessoregon.org and clicking on the DONATE button
  • Sign up to be a business sponsor for the May Stroke Awareness Month activities and auction.

To get involved, call Sheri at 541 323-5641 or sheriterry@strokeawarenessoregon.org

 

 

 

 

CALL TO ACTION!

 

No man is an island and no nonprofit survives alone!.  As we roll into all the possibilities for 2021, Stroke Awareness Oregon needs your help.  If you have some time to share with us, here are some interesting volunteer projects:

 

  • May National Stroke Awareness Month and we’re doing another virtual auction to bring attention to stroke.  Would you help us
    • Obtain auction donations
    • Do data entry (can be remote)
    • Spread the word 

 

  •  “Make F.A.S.T. a household safety word” is one of our primary goals.  Would you help us
    • Distribute F.A.S.T. postcards
    • Send a digital F.A.S.T. postcard to your Facebook and email friends (can be remote)
    • Tell us where you think F.A.S.T. postcards should be located

 

  • As a nonprofit, we depend on donations to sustain our important work.  To assist potential donors Stroke Awareness Oregon has developed a monthly donation membership program.   Instead of a one time donation of $200 an individual can donate $25 per month for a year.  Would you help us
    • Promote the monthly donation to your contacts
    • Share potential donor ideas with us
    • Create materials for the campaign


To be involved simply call Sheri at 541 323-5641 or call Carol at 541 480-4882.  You can also go to our website and send us a message www.strokeawarenessoregon.org   Your involvement matters.

 

 

Dementia

 6 types of Dementia, Most prevalent is Alzheimers, Second is vascular deficiency, Stroke, etc.  

 My point was many who have strokes have cognitive difficulties .  People too often lump all Dementia as the same thing. It is not. 

Early Onset Dementia is often aggressive and means prior to person turning 65.  Early onset starts in frontal lobe and can be fatal much more quickly. 

 A huge issue in care as most Facilities wont take Dementia patients unless over 62. A huge care issue of getting care for this age group. Often means their only choice for care is in Adult Foster Care.

 

COVID-19 Valentine Quote

"I will enjoy long romantic walks......to the fridge."

Author Unknown

Red Velvet Cream CHeese Balls

 Yields: 28

PREP TIME:  HOURS 15 MINS

TOTAL TIME:  HOURS MINS

INGREDIENTS

1 box red velvet cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box

2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened 

1/2 c. powdered sugar

2 tbsp. heavy cream

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Prepare red velvet cake batter according to box directions. Divide batter among liners and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Break 4 cupcakes into small crumbs. Save remaining cakes for another use.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cream cheese mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the freezer to chill, 1 hour.
  4. Roll balls in red velvet cake crumbs until fully coated, then return to prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 
 

You Don't Have to Go Broke!

For years we’ve been talking about the urgency to receive medical treatment when your loved one or friends show signs of a stroke. 

Remember F.A.S.T. -- F (face drooping) A (arm weakness) S (speech difficulty) T (time to call 9-1-1)!  This is a life saving message.  But what happens after you call 9-1-1?  Probably an ambulance ride or an air ambulance transport to get to the ER as soon as possible.  That’s a good thing.  Getting the bill after could be devastating and cost thousands of dollars.

That’s why we encourage everyone to purchase cost-effective memberships in an air-ambulance service.  AirLink has partnered with Stroke Awareness Oregon.  For every AirLink membership purchased, they in turn  make a donation to Stroke Awareness Oregon.  All you need to do is include this GET CODE 11674 for SAO to get a 12% donation. 

Or Call Jeff @ 541-241-4772

We have learned the importance of seeking rapid medical attention in the event of a stroke

and everyone is becoming familiar F (face drooping) A (arm weakness) S (speech garbled) T (time to call 9-1-1).  But during the pandemic it seems people are uncertain about whether or not it is safe to call 9-1-1 or go to the ER. 

DO NOT HESITATE if you think you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of a stroke.  Central Oregon EMS and hospital ERs use extensive safety protocols to protect against the COV-19 virus.

There is little danger of catching the virus by going to the ER via ambulance.  The real danger is arriving too late to qualify for the right treatment.   Time Is Brain!

 

 

Who's Most At Risk To COVID - 19

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions on the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

 

 

 

Let’s Go Play In The SNOW


Oregon Adaptive Sports  is OPEN for winter programs at Mt Bachelor and Hoodoo!  Sign up for adaptive alpine, snowboard, cross-country ski, or snowshoe experiences today at https://oregonadaptivesports.org.  All experiences are tailored to your individual needs, supported with adaptive equipment and professional instruction.  OAS has two decades of experience working with individuals with disabilities including stroke survivors!  Also, all athletes will benefit this season from a Universal Scholarship making rates more affordable than ever and new-to-OAS athletes will receive their first three experiences FREE of charge!  Call 541-848-9390 or email info@oregonadaptivesports.org with any questions. 

 

NEW DIGS!

Thanks to the generosity of Plus Property Management, we have a fabulous new reception area and conference room.  Sheri Terry, our Office Manager moved into the main floor space on her first day with us and has set up a warm and welcoming place.  Sheri is available Monday through Friday 8:00am to 1:00 p.m. to answer your calls and greet you.  This is a huge move for SAO as we make progress everyday becoming more accessible and more visible.

 

Being a Part of
Stroke Awareness Oregon

Did you know that there is an option for you to be a monthly donor to SAO?  Many of us are unable to make a ‘large’ donation all at one time, but you can still make a difference.  You can be a monthly donor with an amount that is comfortable and fits your budget.  Simply go to www.strokeawarenessoregon.org and go to donations.  There is an option for a hassle free, automatic donation that will help SAO continue to save lives.

 

 

Events & Fundraising Coming Up

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

 

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we are ramping up several events to bring awareness to stroke and stroke warriors.  One of those events is a virtual auction similar to what we did before the holidays in 2020 but IMPROVED.   But we can’t do it alone.

  We need your help.   Here’s how you can help:

  1. Do you or someone you know have a vacation home they would donate for a week?
  2. Can you help procure auction items?  We have all the materials you will need
  3. Can you help with data entry of the many items?
  4. Would you like to help create baskets and photo items?

Pick up the phone and call Sheri today to get started helping SAO

541-323-5641 sheriterry@strokeawarenessoregon.org

 

This is an important fundraising and event for us so please help.

 

 

 

No man is an island and no nonprofit survives alone!.  As we roll into all the possibilities for 2021, Stroke Awareness Oregon needs your help.  If you have some time to share with us, here are some interesting volunteer projects:

  • May National Stroke Awareness Month and we’re doing another virtual auction to bring attention to stroke.  Would you help us
    • Obtain auction donations
    • Do data entry
    • Spread the word 
  •  “Make F.A.S.T. a household safety word” is one of our primary goals.  Would you help us
    • Distribute F.A.S.T. postcards
    • Send a digital F.A.S.T. postcard to your Facebook and email friends
    • Tell us where you think F.A.S.T. postcards should be located
  • As a nonprofit, we depend on donations to sustain our important work.  To assist potential donors Stroke Awareness Oregon has developed a monthly donation membership program.   Instead of a one time donation of $200 an individual can donate $25 per month for a year.  Would you help us:
    • Promote the monthly donation to your contacts
    • Share potential donor ideas with us
    • Create materials for the campaign

To be involved simply call Sheri at 541 323-5641 or call Carol at 541 480-4882.  You can also go to our website and send us a message www.strokeawarenessoregon.org   Your involvement matters.

 

 AN UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE FROM OUR VERY OWN

Lawnae Hunter

Just Say Yes To Life

After Stroke Awareness Oregon co-founder, Lawnae Hunter, returned to Bend following five months at Santa Clara California intensive rehab, she had a three pronged vision.  First, to return to as normal a life as possible, second to create a nonprofit to support stroke survivors and their families and third to facilitate a book of hopeful, post-stroke stories.  Of course, Lawane’s first two goals are well underway,  And now the third goal is in process and the book, Just Say Yes to Life, is expected to be published by June, 2021.  Below is an excerpt from the preface.

“Lawnae knew there were enough stories to collect into a book-length volume, the kind of book shed wished for during her five months at Santa Clara in intensive rehab.  

In early 2020, tapping her network once again, Lawnae found an editor and assembled a group of volunteer writers. Their work fills these pages. The stories in this collection are about people of all ages from all over the U.S. They are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and spouses. Professionally, they represent a range of vocations including medicine, forestry, and business, the literary and performing arts, and the real estate and food industries.

We hope this collection of stories reaches all those who need it. We hope it is a worthy addition to other fine resources for stroke victims available today.

But most of all, we hope you find these stories hopeful, inspiring, and helpful. 

We know the road after stroke can be tough, one of the toughest a person may face, but we also know it can be traveled, and it can be made easier with companions. This book can be one of those companions, one that on every page encourages stroke survivors to say yes” to life!”

 

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

"The SAO support group is so helpful for managing life after stroke. I’ve belonged to many groups in the past but Keith’s welcoming nature and the helpful speakers make this my favorite groups."

Joyce Hoffman, Hoffman Communications

 

 
 

Backstrokes Sing-Along

Every Monday at 11am, Anne and Keith at Northwest Brain Network in Portland lead a sing-along for stroke survivors on Zoom. They have invited us to take part in their weekly meetings. Join the meetings and sing along.

Go to this link for the most up to date meeting link:

https://www.nwbrain.network/calendar/

To join the mailing list and receive updates about the group, contact:

Anne 503-775-6041 or email Anne@nwbrain.network

 

Stroke Support Group

Second Monday of Each Month

Next Meeting: March 8th 1pm.  

Ofelia Sanchez is the host of this group and would love to meet with you.  Please join her by calling or Texting to: 541-678-2380 OR email sanchana@oregonstate.edu

 

Men's Support Group

If you would like to join, or know someone who would like to join, contact Keith by calling at 503-572-3493 or emailing keithtaylor@strokeawarenessoregon.org.

 

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

Have equipment? Need equipment?

Request to join the Facebook group called "Bend Medical/Adaptive Used Equipment Swap". It's a platform for posting gently used equipment for sale or trade, or to find equipment you need in Bend and Central Oregon.

 

Did you know that each purchase you make on Amazon can support Stroke Awareness Oregon? Click the button below to get started!

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Dennis Schaberg, MD, SAO Board Chair

Katie Tank, Attorney at Law, Tank Law PC, SAO Board Secretary

Lawnae Hunter, Owner Plus Property Management, SAO Board Treasurer

Marcus G. Beebe Jr., J.D.

Sarah Burke, Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate

Josie Fitzsimons, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine

Kyley Hjeresen, US Bank Wealth Management

Mindy Laidlaw, Occupational Therapist, St. Charles Health Care

Steve Goins, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

 

Debroah McMahon, DMC Consulting Services, LLC

Norwyn Newby, MD, Neurosurgeon

James C. Reedy, MBA, MHA, RN, CPHQ, CHFP, NEA-BE, FACHE, St. Charles Health Care

Keith Taylor, Owner Strength After Stroke

 

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