On Wednesday October 29th, World Stroke Day, stroke survivors John Murphy & Anand Raghunathan, as well as Grassroots Action Team member Charmagne Coston, met with Austin City Council member Laura Morrison to accept a proclamation declaring October 29th as World Stroke Day in Austin. John & Anand shared their experience with stroke and the group brainstormed on ways to educate more Austinites about the signs of stroke, especially during the next Stroke Month.
On October 27 Dallas issued a World Stroke Day Proclamation to a number of AHA volunteers and staff, including 3 stroke survivors. Dallas City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway spoke about his family’s experience with stroke and talked about how devastating this disease can be to a family. “Stroke changes people’s lives” and people are lost without support of organizations like the AHA,” said Caraway.
There was a great turnout on October 26 at the Fort Worth City Council Meeting for the World Stroke Day Proclamation. Stroke survivors Alex Laverock, Bill Mellander, and Steve Jacob, showed their support for stroke awareness as Mayor Betsy Price presented the proclamation to the survivors. AHA staff Brian Brooks, Corrie Hayward, and Kelsey Bernstein were also in attendance.
Mayor Price spoke about how stroke affects the Fort Worth community, and even shared a great story about one of her friends who just recently had a stroke at the age of 42 and was in great health.
Alex was the AHA spokesperson, who shared his personal story and did an amazing job representing the AHA and the survivors in attendance.