What would you do?

post by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org

A healthy 8 year old boy is playing with friends when suddenly he begins to experience severe left eye pain.  He goes to pick up the ball and his right arm isn’t cooperating, allowing the ball to continue to escape his grip.  You also notice his speech just doesn’t sound quite right.  What now?

The scenario outlined above is based upon a slide presentation by Rebecca Ischord, MD Director of the Pediatric Stroke Program at the Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania.  I had the privledge of  attending her presentation at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles in February on the challenges and opportunities on detecting and educating physicians and the public about childhood stroke.

Here’s the presentation-> ISC2011childhoodstroke

If you don’t have time to view it now, (and you should if you want to really know-stroke), a quick  presentation “take-away” that  hit home was when Dr. Ischord mentioned one of the biggest barriers that needs to be overcome is the misconception that “everyone knows kids don’t have strokes”.  That one sentence always sends shivers down my spine and continues to be the motivator behind the Community Impact Grant proposal I have written for the American Stroke Association.  Now more than ever we need to find cost effective and “viral” ways of getting the word out to teach stroke awareness, beginning with our youngest Bright Minds, our kids.  If you happened to read my last post, you are aware that Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts recently cut all funding for the stroke signs and symptoms campaign in that state.  I’m sure other state budgets already have trimmed or eliminated their prevention campaigns or will soon cut off funding  in these difficult times.

Bright Minds grant proposal for stroke awareness by David Dansereau

If you want to learn more about my Bright Minds proposal, click here.

David Dansereau at Know-Stroke.org


Join the STOP Stroke event at the Massachusetts State House on March 31, 2011

We are all facing tight times, but I urge Governor Deval Patrick not to be “penny wise and pound foolish” when it comes to stroke education and prevention*.  -DP Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org

Please help my good friends at the American Heart / American Stroke Association(AHA/ASA) in Massachusetts as they are planning an important stroke awareness event at the Massachusetts State House on March 31,2011.

This event will help spread the critical message that recognition and timely care of stroke can prevent death and disability. Unfortunately, the Governor removed all funding in his budget for the stroke signs and symptoms campaign so they need your help! They are looking for people like you or who you may know living in Massachusetts who will share their stories with state legislators about how stroke has affected your life either as a survivor, caregiver or passionate advocate.

According to an email from AHA/ASA the day will begin at 11:00 AM with an Advocacy 101 to help prepare you for your legislative meetings. They will provide a boxed lunch and then you will have the opportunity to meet with your legislators to share your story and express the importance of the STOP Stroke Program funding. Speaking points will be provided as well as a staff person to go on the visits. The day will end by 4:00 PM.

If you are from Central and Western Massachusetts, they will have a bus to transport you to the State House for the event.  The bus will pick up participants at our AHA Office, 54C Wayside Ave, West Springfield and in Auburn Park and Ride lot off 1-90 at Exit 10 (where 1-90 meets 290)

For anyone interested in attending please register by clicking the below link:


If you have questions or please call Allyson Perron at 508-935-3943

Please help if you are  Massachusetts resident and have a personal message you’d like to deliver to Governor Deval Patrick.  As a stroke survivor, I know first hand the expenses that come after a stroke for diagnosis, treatment/rehabilitation and lost wages.  We are all facing tight times, but I urger Governor Deval Patrick not to be “penny wise and pound foolish” when it comes to stroke education and prevention*.-David Dansereau

[My Sidebar] Here’s what I uncovered while researching the Governor’s position on “investing in prevention”  for health care.  What happened ?  Was this another case of an empty campaign promise??  Why is stroke not considered in prevention in Massachusetts??

Prevention and awareness are the least expensive and most effective way to fight against our nation’s #3 killer and # 1 cause of long term disability.- Know-Stroke!!


Invest in prevention

When diagnosed early, many illnesses can be managed at far lower cost than if left until they breed more serious health problems. To keep our citizens healthy, I will invest in a robust public health delivery system. I will place a special emphasis on adequate childhood immunizations, effective drug & alcohol abuse education, HIV/AIDS prevention & care, and early cancer detection programs. Common sense prevention programs like these reduce system-wide costs, which saves money for insurance ratepayers.Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.12 Sep 15, 2005

Focus on prevention and wellness programs

I envision Massachusetts as a model for public health stewardship, a state that gets healthy and stays healthy-emphasizing disease prevention and wellness programs that help reduce the total cost of illness, injury and disability. We will have effective programs to assure childhood immunizations, and to address drug and alcohol addiction, mental health needs, gun safety and other violence prevention, and HIV/AIDS screening, treatment and prevention.Source: Campaign policy booklet, “Moving Massachusetts Forward” Sep 15, 2005



David Dansereau at Know-Stroke.org

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