Stroke heroes are everyday people, standing up to end stroke, either at an individual or community level. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association wants to recognize those individuals who have shown incredible strength, resilience, perseverance or aptitude in the fight against stroke.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association chose to honor Keturah White from Bentonville, Arkansas as a Stroke Hero in recognition of courage and steadfast determination throughout her own stroke recovery. Keturah is one of only eight award recipients from across the country.
Keturah walking the runway during Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week. Photo credit: Brandon Johnson Photography
When Keturah was 26, she had 3 strokes in 24 hours. Due to lesions on her brain, it appeared that she had a history of stroke. This cause is so dear to her because heart disease and stroke runs in her family. Keturah is currently a volunteer advocacy spokesperson on the Northwest Arkansas Grassroots Action Team and a social media ambassador. She is a single mother to three boys. Keturah advocates for her sons and her mother, who passed away from cancer when she was 3.
“Keturah’s strength and perseverance are outstanding achievements on their own. Keturah is vibrant and passionate, and you’d never believe she was such a young heart/stroke survivor. Her story is powerful, and her will to carry on is unwavering. Keturah is so deserving of this award and it is a joy to advocate alongside her!” -Allison Hogue, Affiliate Grassroots Director, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association