Act FAST for Stroke Awareness Month in May

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Allsup sponsors Act FAST for Stroke Challenge to raise awareness and funds.

The Act FAST Challenge is an easy and very visible way to honor a loved one, help raise stroke awareness and educate your own network of friends and colleagues.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services is pleased to sponsor the National Stroke Association’s Act FAST for Stroke Challenge to help raise awareness and funds.

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops, depriving it of oxygen and killing brain cells. Permanent brain damage can result. Stroke is a leading cause death and disability, causing paralysis, speech difficulties, muscle and nerve problems, cognitive difficulties and other disabling conditions.

“Lack of awareness of stroke signs and symptoms among the general public is a huge challenge,” said Jim Baranski, CEO of the National Stroke Association. “National Stroke Awareness Month is a great opportunity to work together to raise support and awareness in the community.”

The National Stroke Association encourages the public to act and think FAST when it comes to stroke. The sooner an individual gets emergency medical treatment, the better their odds are for survival and recovery.

Face:     Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms:     Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time:     If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The 2013 Act FAST for Stroke Challenge supports excellence in stroke care from hospital to home. It is an online fundraising event, running through June 15, 2013, that brings the stroke community together to save more lives from stroke.

Individuals and teams can raise much needed funds to make life better for millions affected by stroke. Monies raised will support National Stroke Association’s outreach programs that teach people how to protect themselves from stroke, educate healthcare professionals about lifesaving treatments, and support the more than seven million individuals and their families who have been touched by stroke.

Once registered, participants have access to a personal fundraising Web page and a wide range of online tools and support to help them reach their goals.

“The Act FAST Challenge is an easy and very visible way to honor a loved one, help raise stroke awareness and educate your own network of friends and colleagues,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “Chances are that someone in your circle has also been affected or will be affected by stroke.”

Stroke Recovery and SSDI

Recovery can take months or years. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than two-thirds of survivors will have some type of disability, according to the National Stroke Association. For many, returning to full time work is not possible. For those who have enough work credits, obtaining SSDI benefits is an important part of recovery. Profiles of stroke survivors who have successfully navigated the SSDI process are online at

For information on Stroke Awareness Month activities, visit the Stroke Awareness Resource Center at

National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Visit for more information.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. Visit or connect with Allsup at


Tai Venuti
(800) 854-1418, ext. 68573

Rebecca Ray            
(800) 854-1418, ext. 65065

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