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RAISE Awards

The Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards annually recognizes individuals and groups across the country for taking stroke awareness activities to new heights. Awards are given in several categories and recognize people engaged in community-level awareness activities directly supporting National Stroke Association’s mission.

Nominations for the 2016 RAISE Awards are now closed.

Help select the recipient of the Voter's Choice - Voting starts Oct. 12 and ends at midnight MDT on Oct. 26, 2016.

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Nomination Categories

Most Creative:

Honors an individual or group using creativity and originality to spread the word about stroke.

Most Impactful:

Honors an individual or group awareness activity that demonstrates proven improved patient or community outcomes.

Outstanding Individual:

Honors an individual making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.

Outstanding Group:

Honors a group of people making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.

Most Impactful Community Fundraising Effort:

Honors an individual or group making a unique and impactful effort to raise funds and stroke awareness in their community.

Outstanding Support Group:

Honors a stroke support group for making an innovative and robust impact on the lives of stroke survivors, caregivers and others impacted by support through connection, empowerment and education.

Voter's Choice:

This award honors an individual or group representing the best effort in raising stroke awareness. The winner of this award will be chosen in October through online voting.

Awards Timeline

The 2016 RAISE Awards cycle includes:

Nomination Period: July 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2016

Judging: September 2016

Voter's Choice: October 12-26, 2016

Winners Announced: Oct. 28, 2016

Meet last year's winners

Aphasia Tones Choir

Most Creative

Aphasia Tones™ Choir


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Amanda Anderson

Outstanding Individual

Amanda Anderson


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Montana Stroke Initiative

Most Impactful

Montana Stroke Initiative


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Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital

Outstanding Group

Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital


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Kristi Wright

Most Impactful Community Fundraising Effort

Kristi Wright


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Neuro Specialty Rehab Stroke Recovery Support Group image

Outstanding Support Group

Neuro Specialty Rehab’s Stroke Recovery Support Group


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Marywood University Aphasia Support Group ice cream fundraiser

Voter's Choice

Marywood University Aphasia Support Group


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

Get inspired by past winners

Where are they now?

Joe Romanesco – Most Impactful Community Fundraising Event, 2012

Since receiving his RAISE award in 2012, Joe Romanesco is busier than ever! He volunteers as a peer mentor for patients, runs a stroke support group, and volunteers as a care minister for his local church. Joe had a bike made for him so that he can bike with one hand only. In 2014, he was able to use equipment that made it possible for him to downhill ski for the first time since his stroke!

Aphasia Lunch Bunch – Outstanding Support Group, 2012

In order to grow as a group and to have a bigger reach, the group partnered up with the City of Henderson, Nevada to hold even more community groups and events to raise awareness for aphasia. Their new activities include evening bonfires and antique shows. In the future they are planning to add more interactive activities, such as outdoor walks and bingo.

Tom Watson – Outstanding Individual, 2011

A large part of Tom Watson’s emotional healing came in creating and sharing his art. He continues to create art as well as a T-shirt line inspired by his stroke experience. Tom uses his exhibitions and receptions as an opportunity to educate people about stroke, including the fact that it can happen to anyone at any age. Since his award, Tom was invited to a Stroke Forum held for health care professionals to speak and show his art.

View 2011 winners View 2012 winners View 2013 winners View 2014 winners


By participating in National Stroke Association’s RAISE Awards, you unconditionally and irrevocably assign all copyrights and other rights in the submission to National Stroke Association. RAISE Awards program is open to U.S. residents.

You acknowledge that National Stroke Association, at its sole discretion, has the right to use any photograph, video or story submitted by you to print, publish, broadcast and use in any manner National Stroke Association deems appropriate worldwide, in any media now known or hereafter developed, including, without limitation, television, books, newspapers and magazines, the Internet and maybe advertising, promotion, the use of trade and/or other commercial purposes. By submitting a photograph, video and/or story, you (and any other individual depicted in a photograph, video or story) consent to such publication or any other use.

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