DALLAS, October 9, 2023 – Each year, approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, according to the American Heart Association’s 2023 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update. Individuals and groups making a difference in the stroke community have a chance to be nationally recognized with a 2024 Stroke Hero Award from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, which is devoted to a world of healthier lives for all.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. [1]. Those who have had a stroke often must overcome physical, emotional and cognitive changes to move forward. To do so requires strength and support.

The American Stroke Association’s Stroke Hero Awards annually recognize everyday people who have shown personal resilience and used their experience as a stroke survivor, caregiver, advocate or expert to help others in extraordinary ways.

The 2024 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 stroke, 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, open March 6-20, 2024, determines the winner.

Nominations for the 2024 Stroke Hero Awards are being accepted now through Dec. 4 at Stroke.org/HeroAwards. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2024, during American Stroke Month.

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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 X (formerly known as Twitter).

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Darcy Wallace: 303-801-4683Darcy.Wallace@heart.org
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[1] C W Tsao; et al Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2023 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association Circulation. 2023; 147:e00–e00. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001123