New Foundations Unveiled

The RTH Stroke Foundation – in its continual efforts to strike out stroke, has split into two separate public foundations that will carry on the torch in eliminating strokes. The new Hope After Stroke Foundation will pick up the bulk of RTH’s previous operations by bringing seminar education, support groups, and recovery programs to communities in need and those suffering from the after-effects of stroke.

The S.M.A.R.T. Program – which has grown exponentially in its first and now second year of operation – will continue educating K-12 students under the new Out S.M.A.R.T. Stroke Foundation. Local educators, teachers, and school authorities interested in partnering with this program should visit the Out S.M.A.R.T. Stroke Foundation site here: www.outsmartstroke.org

For all other visitors, the RTH Stroke Foundation’s programs and education services will continue to run through the Hope After Stroke Foundation. The RTH Stroke Foundation website will remain active but will be slowly, and eventually fully transferred over to the Hope After Stroke Website which can be found here: www.hopeafterstroke.org

To all our visitors and partners, we thank you for your support as we embark on these new endeavors. Our office location and operating hours will remain the same.

New RTH Stroke Awareness Video Debuts

The Rth Stroke Foundation’s “Shadow Of Stroke Campaign” Team has released a new video for stroke awareness month that addresses stroke risk factors. The video’s aim is to raise awareness in that unhealthy eating and medical conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension can lead to stroke. This brief, fun, and educational video is perfect for sharing over social media with friends and family as it highlights stroke risk factors and warning signs in a timely manner that is ideal for helping spread information in stroke awareness month.

 

Stroke Awareness Month Arrives

May is stroke awareness month and everyone should set aside at least a few minutes this month to familiarize themselves with the signs and risk factors for stroke. Stroke – unlike other ailments, is a disease that is 80% preventable.

Risk Factors:

High Blood Pressure

Diabetes

Heart Disease

Depression

Smoking Tobacco Products

Excessive Alcohol

Unhealthy Eating

Lack of Exercise

Obesity

 

Stroke Warning Signs:

Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg.

Sudden confusion and trouble speaking or understanding.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden trouble with walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

 

As always, the RTH Stroke Foundation along with its programs will be out during the month of May raising awareness and combating stroke wherever possible. Check our calendar to see a list of upcoming seminars in your area.

Wristband Creation Donates 200 Stroke Awareness Wrist Bands to RTH Stroke Foundation

Wristband Creation of Burbank, California has generously donated 200 Stroke Awareness wrist bands to the RTH Stroke Foundation. These types of bands have been proven to assist in emergency situations, especially in the case of stroke, and we would like to extend our thanks to this company for donating them and assisting us in the fight against stroke.

Attend our upcoming seminars to get a chance to take some of these wristbands home. We will be offering them to attendees of our events until they run out.

For more information on Wristband Creation, visit their website here: WristbandCreation.com

Or call them today at: (800) 403-8050

 

Anaheim High School Bike-A-Thon

(Re-posted From www.outsmartstroke.org)

This weekend, the transitional Out S.M.A.R.T.® Stroke Foundation still operating as RTH, visited Anaheim High School to support their 1st Annual Bike-A-Thon. Anaheim High School was one of the first schools to partner with the S.M.A.R.T.® Program and we were happy to be there to support their event. The event was held Saturday, April 8, 2017 and dozens of children and their parents came out to participate in the bicycle race and visit the informational area where the Out S.M.A.R.T. Stroke Team and other vendors were posted. During the event, we passed out information on stroke, provided water, gifted bags, and held a raffle in which one lucky contestant won 4 Anaheim Angels Diamond Club Tickets. The Foundation hopes to be partnering with institutions to assist in more events like these in the future.

-Out S.M.A.R.T.® Stroke Team

 

 

Website Back Online After Extensive Maintenance.

To all our visitors we are happy to announce that our website is back online after a two week absence. We are sorry to have been offline so long but it was necessary to go through with a major update. All our services continue to be available and you may check our calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Thank you for your continued support.

RTH Staff.

S.M.A.R.T.® Program And Seminars Off To A Good Start In The First Quarter Of 2017

The Foundation’s S.M.A.R.T.® and Seminar Programs are off to a good start and already making significant gains in primary stroke education and prevention in the first quarter of 2017. So far, 12 different seminars have been conducted across Los Angeles and Orange County, resulting in the education of 605 people, 457 of which were screened for stroke risk.

S.M.A.R.T.® has been working heavily as well, and already four different schools have partnered with the program to bring stroke education to over 500 students in Biomed and Health Classes. On Tuesday March 7, 2017, Cheryl Ming gave her testimony as a stroke survivor to over a hundred students in Mrs. Bochove and Mr. Davenport’s Biomedical classes at Warren High School in Downey. Cheryl had been the victim of a brain stem stroke in 2001 which left her with a very debilitating condition known as Locked-In-Syndrome, in which the sufferer becomes physically trapped by their body due to the damage of the Pons in the brain stem. With much work, Cheryl was able to overcome her condition and now moves and speaks and is the holder of over 3 degrees including a Master’s in Public Health. Cheryl is currently an intern teaching Health and Human Sexuality at Long Beach City College and has hopes of landing a job where she can use her talents. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her two children, and the students at Warren High were captivated by her powerful testimony. See the pictures below of Mr. Davenport’s class where Cheryl and the S.M.A.R.T.® Staff presented to the students.

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RTH Stroke Foundation Attends Carnival of Love – Provides Screenings For Hundreds

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(Reposted From Facebook) Our foundation was honored to have been a part of the 3rd Annual Skid Row Carnival of Love this Saturday where we educated THOUSANDS of people in this homeless community on stroke prevention. Thank you to Keck Medicine of USC for allowing us to join you and provide hundreds of free blood pressure screenings.

Music filled the streets, along with carnival games, face painting, clowns, and many “FREE HUGS!”. Additionally, so many amazing local organizations came together to provide medical, legal, and hygiene assistance; including: feet washing, mobile showers, barbershops/hair cuts, counseling, blood pressure and glucose screenings, HIV and STD checks, insurance companies, legal companies, and so many more! Starbucks even hired 3 people!

Free hygiene bags were passed out to every attendee, along with thousands of donated items including: clothes, socks, shoes, blankets, strollers, toys, feminine products, and so much more. Food trucks were also providing free food and water.

A HUGE thank you to Wayfarer Entertainment and Justin Baldoni for organizing this event. It truly was a beautiful day filled with love, support, and education.

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RTH Kicks Off The New Year With 2 Successful Seminars

This week, the RTH Stroke Foundation kicked off its first set of seminars for the year. The first Seminar was delivered at Anaheim High School on Tuesday to the parents of students that went through our S.M.A.R.T.® Program. The second seminar on Depression and Stroke was delivered in Reseda to the community at the Housing Authority. There will be many more seminars in the coming weeks and months, see our events calendar for a list of these seminars and register online or call us today.

 

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Our Anaheim Seminar in partnership with Anaheim High School, delivered to the parents of S.M.A.R.T.® students by UCI’s Dana Stradling and translated into Spanish by our newest member of the team, Esmeralda Garcia.

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Our Reseda Seminar in partnership with the Housing Authority, delivered by President Deborah Massaglia.

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A man whose life was saved during a carotid artery screening at our previous seminar in Reseda. The technician discovered a major blockage in his carotid and the man underwent surgery soon after to have it removed.

 

New Year – New Methods for Stroke Recovery Emerge

Doctors have begun to use electrodes to “stimulate” areas of the brain affected by strokes. The new treatment, which was first tested on a patient back in December has already brought about improvement in her previously paralyzed arm. The patient, Judy Slater was left paralyzed on her left side from a stroke she suffered last May and said the Deep Brain Stimulation treatment she received has already led to “improvements” and she can now “move her arm to about shoulder length” according to the article published by TIME.

Doctors are optimistic that this new form of treatment coupled with physical therapy will restore some, if not most motor-function lost during strokes. It was not clear as to when the treatment will be streamlined, as it is still in the developmental phase, but if made available to the public, it could revolutionize post stroke recovery.

To see the full article by TIME, select here.