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Raising stroke awareness can be done as an individual or group all year long, but it is especially important during National Stroke Awareness Month in May. It is a unique time of the year when we have the most voices and hands speaking and acting on behalf of stroke. Learn more about ways you can participate no matter who you are.



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EMAIL TIPS – Sign up for regular awareness email tips. Be inspired on a regular basis by receiving National Stroke Association emails that are easily forwarded or posted on Facebook and Twitter.

BLOG – Blog about stroke and tell your readers why you care about raising awareness.

VIDEO – Visit YouTube or the e-Kit to embed or post a video on a Web page.

SOCIAL MEDIA – Talk about stroke awareness through social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Find prewritten posts and tweets you can easily repost.

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TALK – Arrange to speak and tell your stroke story at local community venues such as churches, schools, social clubs, support groups or local firehouses. Check out the awareness e-Kit for ideas to help write your talk.

CONTACT – Contact media or bloggers about profiling your stroke story during May. Add a press release to your efforts.

JOIN – Get involved with stroke on the legislative level by joining the Stroke Advocacy Network.

ADVOCATE – Learn 8 things you can do to become a stroke advocate.

GROUPS – Give educational talks to groups with National Stroke Association’s Explaining Stroke 101 presentation.

NEWSLETTER – Customize a stroke awareness newsletter article with your personal story. Send out to bloggers or media and encourage them to talk about stroke in May.

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PERSONAL FUNDRAISING – Use Personal Fundraising to quickly and easily raise awareness and funds for National Stroke Association. Set up a personalized webpage and tell your personal story about why you are raising funds and spreading awareness about stroke.

DONATE – Donate to National Stroke Association.

HOST – Host an in-person fundraising event to raise awareness and money for National Stroke Association to further stroke education programs (softball tournament, bowl-a-thon, golf tournament). Set up your event through easy-to-use event hosting tools.

MARKET – Learn how to promote awareness and fundraising events with the Marketing 101 presentation  or watch an on-demand webcast.

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ENDURANCE TEAM – Athletes and spectators can raise awareness through National Stroke Association’s Endurance Team opportunities, which include marathons, bike tours and more.

SUPPORT GROUP – Host a survivor or caregiver support group monthly discussion on how to get involved in raising stroke awareness.

CONTESTS – Host a stroke awareness art or video contest at a local school during April and announce the winners in May. Email winning art or videos to brainalert@stroke.org to be potentially featured on www.stroke.org!

KIDS – Get children involved by engaging them with free, downloadable brain quizzes, crossword puzzles, and much more.

EDUCATE – Launch a drive to distribute educational materials to community centers, libraries and grocery stores. Distribute a free bag stuffer or brochures.

MATERIALS – Order large quantities of educational materials and other fun products through the Web store or download a catalog. Materials go fast, so place your order today.

WALLPAPER – Wallpaper the community or your business with a stroke symptoms poster or promote a local awareness event with a promotional flyer.

WEBCASTS – Gather a group to watch educational webcasts offered through iHOPE. Learn about prevention and post-stroke recovery issues.

PARTNER – Partner with local businesses in your community to promote stroke awareness in their workplaces. Get educational materials in the e-Kit.

HEALTH FORUMS – Encourage local community colleges or universities to host stroke health forums. Recruit local healthcare professionals who can speak about stroke as a medical issue and encourage risk factor management. See if you have a stroke center in your area.

SCREEN – Coordinate community health fairs/stroke-risk screenings (make available to low-income or homeless shelter residents). Recruit a local stroke center to help or sponsor the event.

HOME STATE – Contact your state Public Health Department to see what’s happening in your state to promote stroke awareness.

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