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Rachel Henry, Massachusetts


Thirteen years ago, at the age of 30, Rachel suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her doctor's office during a routine checkup. Thankfully, her doctor knew what was happening and Rachel was able to receive immediate lifesaving care. It was a long road, but she always says that stroke changed her physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  For years, Rachel asked, "Why me?  Why did I have a stroke?"  Now, it is "Why not me?  What can I do now?  Who can I help?” She had her stroke and was saved and since then has been working to prevent strokes, treat survivors and ensure a healthier future. Rachel says “I am here to help the AHA/ASA accomplish their mission.  It is my mission too.  I speak for stroke survivors who can't.  I talk to people who don't understand.” Read more about Rachel's story at

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