Who We Are
Roxanna Todd Hodges 1915-2011
Our Foundation is named after Roxanna Todd Hodges, who was a community leader in Santa Monica, CA for 34 years until her passing on August 11, 2011. The wife of Santa Monica Judge, Tom Hodges, Roxanna gained prominence in her community by volunteering her time with the Soroptimist Club International, the Assistance League of Santa Monica, PEO international of Santa Monica, and the YWCA of Santa Monica, as well as her church. The later years of Roxanna’s life could have been more fruitful had she been aware of the warning signs and symptoms of stroke from an earlier time, as she experienced several strokes in 1994-2005 that ultimately left her confined to her bed. Although debilitated from Stroke, Roxanna became active in the Stroke community and devoted the final years of her life to raising awareness of America’s number 1 leading cause of disability, and 4th leading cause of death: Stroke.
Her greatest contribution to the fight against Stroke was establishing the RTH Stroke Foundation, which opened its doors in 1998 with the intent to reduce the impact of Stroke on our community and at large, by raising awareness in all forums possible, and supporting the victims of Stroke in their rehabilitation.
Today, under the direction of our current President, Deborah M. Massaglia, the RTH Stroke Foundation has grown significantly, and expanded its reach, providing monthly Seminars across the LA and Orange County regions, providing Stroke Support Groups in two different locations, and teaming up with Keck USC to provide a Stroke and TIA Clinic. The RTH Stroke Foundation operates under the newly found statistic that 80 percent of all Strokes are preventable through lifestyle choices and knowledge of Stroke, and we do whatever we can, by whatever resources available, to go out into the community and raise awareness, so we can remove Stroke from the totem pole of top killers in the U.S., and fulfill the last wishes of our founder, Roxanna Todd Hodges, to “Strike out Stroke Wherever You Can.”
The primary mission of the RTH Foundation is to prevent stroke. We do this in two ways:
- Conducting community education seminars and screenings
- Providing stroke survivors and their families with education and support
- To respect those we serve and each other
- To seek financial strength in order to ensure the long-term viability of our mission
- To promote understanding by communicating clearly and honestly
We are driven to eradicate strokes as much as is humanly possible and to improve the quality of life of stroke survivors by doing all we can to mitigate the after-effects of strokes.
What We Do
Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke. Of these, about 610,000 are the individuals’ first strokes. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in this country, and 90% of all stroke victims are left with a permanent disability.
A stroke isn’t an event in life that a person can plan for, like a graduation or a wedding. Out of the blue it just happens and all of a sudden the person’s world is turned on its head. In the immediate hours after the event, the survivor of a first-time stroke is frequently frightened and bewildered, not knowing what comes next. The family, huddled in a nearby waiting room, may be just as frightened and bewildered.
The people of the RTH Stroke Foundation want to eliminate these scenes from ever happening. We know we may never get the number down to zero, but that doesn’t prevent us from working tirelessly every day to do what we can.
Education. We conduct seminars throughout Orange County to acquaint the public with the dangers of stroke and make them aware of how they can modify their lifestyles to avoid stroke.
Preventive Screenings. We give regular free diagnostic screenings to help people determine if they have a medical condition that might make them more prone to stroke. These include tests for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, aneurysms, and carotid narrowing.
Support. The vast majority of stroke survivors suffer a long-term physical or emotional impairment. To help them and their loved ones adjust to their new condition, we conduct free, twice-monthly stroke support groups at our headquarters in Laguna Hills. Over the years we have witnessed countless episodes of survivors who once thought they faced an irreparably diminished future, but who, with the support and encouragement of others, have adjusted to their new condition and gone on to lead happy, satisfying and productive lives.
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, you don’t have to go it alone in your post-stroke world. Contact us to learn how you can get help at our free, twice-monthly stroke support group meetings. Stroke survivors and their family members, friends and others need a stroke support group, a community organization where they learn more about stroke, share their experiences about stroke, and become inspired to move forward after their stroke.
- Support groups provide survivors and their families with a single source of care and family support.
- They offer carefully trained therapists who will work with stroke patients to enable them to lead full and productive lives.
- They allow patients and family members educational information and emotional support, regardless of age, race or economic status.
We are committed to healing, training, education and support so that the causes of strokes, a leading and debilitating cause of disability and death, can be prevented, and so that the often devastating after-effects of a stroke can be mitigated.
The Stroke Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Suite 130 of the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation Office. For any questions or if you want to register, please contact Tiffanie Hylland at (888) 794-9466 or (949) 305-8450.
“Stroke is the leading cause of disability in this country, more than motor vehicle accidents or Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition,” says Nerses Sanossian of the Keck School of Public Medicine at USC. “Yet stroke is an entirely preventable disease.” If you want to learn more about how you can avoid stroke, attend one or more of our seminars and take part in our free screenings. For more information, or if you want to register, please contact Janet French at (888) 794-9466 or (949) 916-1597.
The RTH Foundation is located in Laguna Hills, just a few minutes from the merging of the I-5 and the I-405.
23382 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 305-8450 or (888) 794-9466