Night At The Races – RTH Stroke Foundation

The RTH Stroke Foundation presents the ‘3rd Annual Strikes Against Stroke’ fundraiser event, ‘Night At The Races.’ The event will be hosted September 26th 2015 at the Astor Classic Museum in Anaheim, in attendance will be special celebrity guest, Dan Dotson of ‘Storage Wars.’ Proceeds from the event will be directed toward our educational and stroke awareness programs. For more information contact Janet French at (888)-794-9466 or email to: [email protected]

Watch the video below to learn more about the horse races!

For more information on where the event will be held, visit the Astor Classic Museum’s website www.astorclassics.com. Showcased at the museum are a whole line of classic automobiles and other historical items.

To see the package options for the event as well as donation information, please view or download the brochures below.

Sponsorship Packages And Registration Forms

Donation Form

We hope to see you there!

dbinbrea, Author at RTH Stroke Foundation

Downey Patriot, July 18, 2013 For the third time in as many events, a person’s life was spared because of a life-saving screening at the Primary Stroke Prevention Seminar Wednesday at Rio Hondo Event Center. This remarkably successful series of events has provided free carotid artery, aortic abdominal aneurysm and blood pressure screenings for more […]

The Downey Patriot, May 23, 2013 The more than 200 people who attended the May stroke seminar in Downey got a real medical two-fer.  First they heard a compelling presentation on the causes of strokes and strategies to prevent them from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Amytis Towfighi, MD. Dr. Towfighi is Chair of […]

  The Downey Patriot, February 28, 2013 On a Wednesday at the Rio Hondo Event Center, more than 300 people attended a free stroke prevention seminar and took part in carotid artery screenings. At the doctor’s office, these screenings would have cost a total of more than $150,000. But on this day, the RTH Stroke […]

The Downey Patriot, February 21, 2013  When a front page story in The Downey Patriot announcing a stroke prevention seminar appeared last February, the response was overwhelming and a lot more. The 80 people who expressed interest the first day of the announcement ended up ballooning to well over 300 attendees by the day of […]

The Downey Patriot, February 7, 2013  The  piece opens with the odyssey of Sarah, a young mother who suffered her first stroke.  Its theme: Sarah’s stroke didn’t have to happen, and neither do the thousands of strokes that occur each day. The article goes on to describe the efforts of the RTH Foundation and others […]

From Keck School of Medicine of USC, Wednesday, August 23, 2012 Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, professor of neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, gave the first Roxanna Todd Hodges Visiting Lectureship in Stroke Prevention and Education on July 31, 2012. Dr. Ovbiagele examined the connection between  chronic kidney disease and stroke. The lecture was […]

From Keck School of Medicine of USC, Wednesday, May 16, 2012  The Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing stroke, made a $6 million gift to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This […]

There are 790,000 strokes in the U.S. annually, 610,000 of which are first-time strokes. Stroke is the Number 4 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.

It’s natural for stroke survivors to get a serious case of the blues. Your world has been unexpectedly turned on its head. But you don’t have to go it alone during your recovery and beyond.  The RTH Stroke Foundation offers free twice monthly Stroke Support Groups where stroke survivors and their family members, friends and […]

Be looking for the following stroke warning signs: Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause […]

Bri Winkler to share her stroke survival story – RTH Stroke Foundation

Bri Winkler to share her stroke survival story

Free event will include complimentary blood pressure, carotid artery screenings.

WRITTEN BY :   Greg Waskul, Contributor

DOWNEY – The RTH Stroke Foundation announced today that it has opened up 150 additional seats for its upcoming free Primary Stroke Prevention seminar on Wednesday, July 30 because of a very special guest who will be joining the program.

“ABC-7 meteorologist Bri Winkler will be joining us to share her very personal experience with stroke at the July 30 seminar, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia.

Seminar attendees will also receive free carotid artery screenings (which can cost more than $500 in a doctor’s office).  Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered to all seminar participants. The screenings are being underwritten by PIH Health.

Reservations may be made online at rthfoundation.org/seminars or by phone at (888) 794-9466.

“Based on our previous experience, these slots will be filled very quickly, so we suggest that those wishing to attend this free stroke prevention event sign up immediately,” Deborah said.

In addition to Bri Winkler, who will talk about her stroke, her recovery and why she feels she was given a second chance at life, the seminar will feature a presentation by renowned physician and researcher Dr. Nerses Sanossian.  He will speak about the warning signs of stroke and how people can reduce their risk of having a stroke.  Dr. Sanossian is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Director of USC’s Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic.

“Attending this seminar is very important, because about 80 percent of strokes can be prevented,” Dr. Sanossian said. “More than 800,000 new stroke cases are reported each year in the United States,” Dr. Sanossian said. “Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in our country, with about 130,000 people dying because of stroke each year. By attending this seminar, you will learn how not to be part of those statistics, he said.

“Dr. Sanossian is always a very highly rated speaker, and we are excited to pair him with Bri for this very special event in our Downey seminar series, which has already saved many lives and has been the most successful stroke prevention seminar series in the history of our nation,” Deborah said.  “Bri’s stroke at such a young age shows us that we must all do everything we can to prevent a stroke, regardless of our age.”

Here is a snapshot of Bri’s stroke experience, as captured by KABC’s Emmy award-winning health reporter Denise Dador:

You know her as part of the weather team at ABC7.  But meteorologist Bri Winkler wants to share a story that few have known about — until now.  And what you learn from her story, could save someone’s life.

Just three years ago, at the age of 24, Bri woke up feeling a numbness spread from her face to her entire right side. She didn’t know it at the time, but Bri was having a stroke, and now she is on a mission to let people know how stroke can hit anyone, at any age.

Bri predicts weather patterns for a living, but no one could predict the health scare she endured Sept. 12, 2012. She had set her alarm for 5 a.m. to exercise, but five minutes after she woke up, she realized something was terribly wrong.

“First, I lost the hearing out of my right ear,” said Bri. “The numbness spread to my face and went down to my arm and my leg. When I went to stand, I realized I couldn’t. So then I had to get on the floor and crawl.”

She crawled to her phone and called her sister, Tara, who lives 3,000 miles away in Boston.

“My sister thought that I had low blood sugar, so she was trying to coax me down to the kitchen. At the time, I lived in a two-story condo, so I had two flights of stone steps to get down,” said Bri.

Bri “army crawled” all the way down, dragging her body only using her left arm and leg. Looking back, Tara recalls she thought it might be a stroke but she second-guessed herself.

I thought, ‘Why would a 20-year-old girl with no history? No one in our family has ever had a stroke. Why would it be a stroke?” said Tara.

One telltale sign of stroke is slurred speech, but Bri was speaking clearly. Eventually, Tara realized it was something serious and reached out to a family friend in Southern California, who called 911.

Paramedics rushed Bri to Huntington Hospital. For someone to have a stroke in their 20s is very rare. But the type of stroke Bri had was exceptionally rare. The cause was a vertebral artery dissection. She had a flap-like tear in a key blood vessel.

“It could either be spontaneous, meaning that it just happens. It can be because of some sort of trauma,” said Dr. Arbi Ohanian, a neurologist at Huntington Hospital.

Ohanian says in Bri’s case that trauma could have been triggered by certain yoga poses or chiropractic manipulation. Bri did both shortly before her stroke. Doctors still can’t say for sure what caused the tear, but what they do know is that a blood clot had formed, blocking a key artery in Bri’s brainstem in the area that controls breathing and heart rate.

“It was in a very scary location,” said Ohanian.

And the clock was ticking. The standard treatment is giving a drug called TPA, sometimes called a “clot buster,” which can reverse the effects of a stroke.

But it has to be given within three hours of the stroke. By the time Bri arrived at the hospital, doctors had little time to assess her condition.

With only two minutes left, Ohanian had to make the crucial decision. He felt it was Bri’s only chance. To his relief, it worked.

“Within what felt like seconds, I could feel my face again and it spread down to my arm and my leg. It was this insane pins and needles, but it was such a beautiful awakening. It was like every cell was becoming alive again,” said Bri.

After her stroke, Bri looks back and realizes so many things could have gone wrong.

“I view it as such a positive thing in my life because I do appreciate everything a lot more,” she said.

If she didn’t wake up to exercise, she might have slept through the stroke. If she couldn’t get someone to call 911, she might have missed her treatment window. At any point, things could have ended far differently and she knows it.

“There’s a reason why I’m here today and I really think a big part of that is spreading the story,” Bri said. “And if that’s all that I can do to make one person learn the symptoms and maybe they save a life or they save their own life, then I’ve done my job.”

“Perhaps Bri or Dr. Sanossian will help you save your life or the life of someone you love on Wednesday, July 30 at Rio Hondo Event Center,” Deborah said. This is one event you do not want to miss!

http://www.thedowneypatriot.com/article/bri-winkler-to-share-her-stroke-survival-story/

Events for June 2015

June 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month. Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2015 Session One: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Our first session deals with…

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Seminar: Stroke Awareness & Prevention Guest Speaker: Dr. Andres Gonzalez, Keck USC.   The seminar will be in Spanish. Screenings Offered: Blood Pressure

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Stroke Support Group – RTH Stroke Foundation

March 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month.

Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2014

Session One: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Our first session deals with the stroke survivor and their caregiver(s) who are learning to caregive for their stroke survivor. This support group will guide you through the caregiving process and to better understand stroke. This group will also help you to live a better life, “Because there is life after stroke.”

Click here to let us know you’re coming by filling out our registration form!

Deborah Massaglia and various speakers will share their insights on stroke education and support
for those who are stroke survivors and caregivers. All of those who are 59 and under and 60 or better are welcome to attend.

Stroke Support Group – RTH Stroke Foundation

March 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month.

Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2014

Session Two: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Our second session will consist of a workshop called “MindBodySpirit Connection.” It will run through the year 2014, guiding the stroke survivor and caregiver through the program.

“The field of mindbodyspirit medicine teaches us that the unseen energies of thought, feeling, attitude, belief and imagination manifest in our physical body. stirring the very fabric of our physiology and biochemistry.”

“Brokenness does not exist in the body. It exists in the mind, body and spirit. Choose not to be broken.”

Stroke Support Group – RTH Stroke Foundation

February 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES  STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month.

Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2014

Session One: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Our first session deals with the stroke survivor and their caregiver(s) who are learning to caregive for their stroke survivor.  This support group will guide you through the caregiving process and to better understand stroke.  This group will also help you to live a better life, “Because there is life after stroke.”

Click here to let us know you’re coming by filling out our registration form!

Deborah Massaglia and various speakers will share their insights on stroke education and support
for those who are stroke survivors and caregivers. All of those who are 59 and under and 60 or better are welcome to attend.

Events for February 2015

February 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES  STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month. Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2014 Session One: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Our first session deals with the stroke survivor…

Stroke Support Group – RTH Stroke Foundation

February 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

THE OC STROKE ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP WELCOMES  STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS TO, TWO SESSIONS twice a month.

Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of every month in 2014

Session Two: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: 23382 Mill Creek Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Our second session will consist of a workshop called “MindBodySpirit Connection.”  It will run through the year 2014, guiding the stroke survivor and caregiver through the program.

“The field of mindbodyspirit medicine teaches us that the unseen energies of thought, feeling, attitude, belief and imagination manifest in our physical body. stirring the very fabric of our physiology and biochemistry.”

“Brokenness does not exist in the body.  It exists in the mind, body and spirit.  Choose not to be broken.”