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Faces of Stroke℠ Ambassadors

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2012 Ambassadors from left: Dick, Charles, Bailey and Lenice.

National Stroke Association’s Faces of Stroke Ambassadors are campaign spokespeople chosen to represent the campaign and carry out an important mission to begin raising community-level awareness through activities, media outreach and rallying the stroke communities they live in.

Beginning in September, Faces of Stroke is highlighting specific conditions related to stroke. Visit this page regularly to meet new ambassadors, hear their stories and share yours.

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September Is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

People with atrial fibrillation (Afib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than people without Afib are. Managing Afib properly is very important—in fact it can save a life.

» Learn more about atrial fibrillation.

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August: Spotlight on Returning to Work

Stroke can have a significant impact on someone’s life. For those still in the workforce, returning to work plays an important role in regaining independence and rejoining society. Several factors affect one’s ability to successfully return to work.

» Learn more about returning to work after stroke.


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July: Spotlight on FAST to Save Lives

Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year. More than 140,000 people die each year as a result of stroke. You can help save lives by knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

Learn how to act FAST!

Bill and Kurt, stroke survivors with aphasia
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June: National Aphasia Awareness Month

Aphasia is a disorder of communication that impairs a person’s ability to use and comprehend language. No two people experience aphasia the same way.


May is National Stroke Awareness Month
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May: National Stroke Awareness Month

Although stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., less than one third of people in the U.S. can recognize more than one stroke warning sign. Learn FAST to remember the warning signs of a stroke. Acting FAST and calling 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke can save your life.


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April: National Minority Health Month

Health disparities remain widespread among members of racial and ethnic minority populations. Learn about the incidence of stroke among various minority groups and what you can do to prevent stroke from happening.


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March: National Nutrition Month®

The key to good nutrition is making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. Learn how you can improve your well-being by making small changes.


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February: The Heart-brain Connection

Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and healthy eating habits can reduce your risk for both heart disease and stroke. Learn more.


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January: International Quality of Life Month

To stroke survivors, quality of life is an important health outcome. Coping effectively with stroke-related impairments plays an integral role in the overall recovery process. Learn more.


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December: Spotlight on Pediatric Stroke

Anyone, at any age, can have a stroke, including unborn babies, newborns, children and teenagers. In the U.S., stroke affects about six in 100,000 children. Learn more.


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November: National Family Caregivers Month

Family caregivers play an essential role in their loved ones’ recovery. Learn why Henry Winkler is helping National Stroke Association celebrate this important month. Learn more.

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October: Depression Education and Awareness Month, Featuring Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is often mistaken for depression. Meet Sonja, stroke survivor and PBA patient, and her daughter Amber. Together they are speaking out on this often undiagnosed condition. Learn more.

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September 2012: National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

In most cases, Afib is asymptomatic. Meet two individuals affected by Afib who are raising awareness on this important subject. Learn more.

Get to know the Faces of Stroke Ambassadors and see how you can support their efforts by clicking on individual ambassador profiles below.

Photo of Bailey Photo of Charles Photo of Dick Photo of Lenice Read the official Faces of Stroke blog
for personal entries by each Ambassador.
Bailey Charles Dick Lenice  
To learn more about how you can get involved as a Faces of Stroke Ambassador, contact faces@stroke.org.

Faces of Stroke campaign is supported by funding provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Allergan, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., and Genentech Inc.

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