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Who We Are
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are main causes of death. Survivors, volunteers, advocates, healthcare providers,donors - all are building healthier lives.
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What We Do
We're building healthier lives where you live and work - in the community, health care, education and research.
How You Can Help
Touch hearts - save lives. Here’s the chance to make a real difference!
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Regional Office
6800 W. 93rd Street
Overland Park, KS  66212
phone: (913) 652-1913
fax: (913) 648-0423

Find a Local Event
Date / TimeContactEventLocation
Saturday, Feb.  25, 2017-6:00 pm - 11:30 pmJackie Feeney 30th Annual KC Heart & Stroke Ball Kansas City Convention Center
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pmNikol Terrill Kansas City Go Red For Women Luncheon Overland Park Convention Center
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:00 pm - 9:30 pmTru-Kechia SmithMost Powerful Voices Gospel Celebration & Health ExpoSt. James United Methodist Church, KCMO
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 7:00 am - 12:00 pmErica KiehnhoffKansas City Heart & Stroke WalkPower and Light District

Sydney Priest

It was noon when Sydney Priest came home after a full morning class. She was not only a med student but also her class president at A.T. Still University—Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Not long after eating lunch she began to feel ill. She was dizzy and started throwing up. Sydney thought she would be okay, but in a short amount of time she lost her arm strength and could no longer enter in the password to unlock her iPhone. It was then that Sydney knew she was in real danger.

“I was home alone and I always lock the door to the house, but for some reason, on this particular day I didn’t. Therefore, my friends were able to come in, find me, and call 911,” Sydney remembers. Sydney didn’t know she was suffering a stroke at the time. In fact, she was studying to be a pediatric cardiologist and the lecture on stroke was scheduled to take place two days after her life-changing event.

Sydney was life-flighted to a hospital 90 miles from her college. Later, she underwent extensive rehab for 6 months, to re-learn to walk, talk, and eat.

The cause of Sydney’s stroke is still not determined. Today, Sydney has made a complete recovery and recently headed back to school. Not only is she walking, but she’s running and completed a 2-mile race in October.  Because of her stroke, Sydney now dreams of going into rehab medicine.


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