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2103 RAISE Award medallionOutstanding Individual

Johan de Roos

This award honors an individual making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.


Johan became a stroke survivor in 2006 at the age of 53. He has beaten the odds and re-learned how to talk, walk and drive despite no brain activity in his left hemisphere. His wife, Susan, has been his teammate during his climb to recovery. Together they lead an aphasia training for first responders in the Cincinnati area, support research and raise awareness about stroke. Johan is full of warmth and compassion and had been able to inspire other stroke survivors by sharing his story through personal connection.

Photo of Johan and Susan de Roos

Johan with his wife, Susan.

Photo collage of Johan de Roos

Left: Johan at a speaking engagement.

Bottom right: Johan and his family at a Strike Out Stroke event.

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RAISE Awards program is supported by funding provided by Colorado Business Bank and Genentech Inc.

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