DALLAS, Jan. 1, 2021 — Individuals and groups making a difference in the stroke community have a new chance to be recognized by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which is devoted to a world of healthier lives for all.
Nominations for the third annual Stroke Hero Awards are being accepted now through Jan. 31 at stroke.org/HeroAwards.
Approximately 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year and one in four survivors will have another one. Those who have had a stroke often must work against physical, emotional and cognitive changes to move forward. To do so requires strength and support.
The American Stroke Association’s Stroke Hero Awards recognize people who have shown personal resilience and used their experience as a stroke survivor, caregiver, advocate or expert to help others.
The 2022 Stroke Hero Awards categories are:
- Survivor Hero – Honors an individual who has survived a stroke and used their experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke.
- Pediatric Hero – Honors an individual younger than 18 who has survived a stroke and overcome significant hurdles and whose family has used its experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness to stroke.
- Caregiver Hero – Honors an individual who has cared for a stroke survivor and used their experience to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke on a local or national level.
- Equity Hero – Honors an individual who promotes the goal of health equity in their work with those at risk for stoke, stroke survivors and stroke caregivers, to ensure that everyone can be as healthy as possible.
- Group Heroes - Honors a group committed to educating, inspiring and raising awareness about stroke. Groups can include stroke support groups, stroke teams, families, private associations, medical facilities and more.
- Voters’ Choice Hero - Honors an individual or group making an outstanding effort to educate, inspire and bring awareness about stroke. Judges select candidates from the nominations in the other five categories, and public voting determines the winner.
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is a relentless force for a world with fewer strokes and longer, healthier lives. We team with millions of volunteers and donors to ensure equitable health and stroke care in all communities. We work to prevent, treat and beat stroke by funding innovative research, fighting for the public’s health, and providing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based association was created in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit stroke.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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