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Victory Over Stroke Events Set for April in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida

Seminars Focus on Stroke Awareness and Prevention

Sarasota, FL, March 12, 2011 --( The Stroke Association of Florida has announced its Second Annual Victory Over Stroke events, scheduled for April in Sarasota and Bradenton.

Emily Walsh Parry, Associate Publisher/Multimedia of the Observer Group, will emcee the Sarasota program, which will be held Friday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road.

The Bradenton program will be held Tuesday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at H2U Blake Medical Center, 6670 Cortez Road W. The master of ceremonies is Ana M. Guillermo, H2U Program Manager.

Both programs are free, and free health screenings will be available.

“The goal of Victory Over Stroke is to raise awareness about stroke symptoms and the critical need to call 911, what you can do to minimize your chance of having a stroke and how to be prepared in the event a major health crisis happens to your family,” said Holly Dykema, founder of the Stroke Association of Florida. The mission of the non-profit organization is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by educating the community about prevention, risks, signs and symptoms, and by providing support and resources for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Dykema founded the Stroke Association of Florida in June 2009, three years after her husband suffered a massive stroke, leaving him unable to speak in full sentences and paralyzed on the right side of his body. “Stroke often robs survivors of their ability to care for themselves and can put an overwhelming responsibility on the families to provide round-the-clock care for their loved ones,” Dykema said.

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year. Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More women die of stroke each year than of breast cancer. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 45 seconds. Approximately 3,000 people a year in Manatee and Sarasota counties are among that number.

The speakers for the Sarasota event are:

Mauricio Concha, MD
Medical Director, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center
Board Certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology
“Can Stroke Be Prevented?”

Contance Purser, MD
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
“Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Stroke Prevention”

Mary Alice Jackson
Elder Law Attorney and Partner, Boyer & Jackson
“Strike Back: Being Prepared for the Unexpected”

Holly Dykema
Founder, Stroke Association of Florida
“Stroke Risk Factors: Signs & Symptoms”

The speakers for the Bradenton event are:

Sanjay Yathiraj, MD
Board Certified Neurologist, Pinnacle Medical Group

Mary Ellen Bond, MS, RN, CNRN
Clinical Nurse Leader, Neuroscience, Blake Medical Center

Mary Beth Hamvai, MS, RD, LD
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Blake Medical Center

Reba Rogers, CPA
CPA Secure Aging and AAA Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Holly Dykema
Founder, Stroke Association of Florida

For the Sarasota program, please RSVP to (888) 685-1596. For the Bradenton program, please RSVP to (888) 359-3552. The Stroke Association of Florida can be reached at P.O. Box 25082, Sarasota, Florida 34277. Telephone: (941) 346-1122. For more information, please visit

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