YoungStroke evolved as an outcome of Amy Edmunds’ graduate studies at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her research focus on stroke among young adults was honed by her own ischemic stroke experience in 2002.
As an undergraduate at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, she had developed interest in public policy and a commitment to service. Consequently, the absence of social support, community resources and public discourse regarding young stroke in America prompted her to establish YoungStroke, Inc. in 2005 as a 501(c)3 non-profit advocacy organization.
Founder and Chief Executive Amy Edmunds earned layered national recognition from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in 2013. She was featured on the inside cover of AHA/ASA’s 2013 Annual Report (PDF), as well as in its “Stories From The Heart” feature in the CEO Newsletter.
She was also selected as the featured speaker to address stroke during the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, DC, attended by nearly 10,000 advocates. The event generated significant national media coverage and strategic discussion through social media. During Lobby Day activities, she also appeared in full-page ads in POLITICO and ROLL CALL, urging Congress to restore funding for National Institutes of Health.
In 2012, YoungStroke presented at the 8th World Stroke Congress in Brasilia, Brazil and at the Centers for Disease Control’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.
In 2011, YoungStroke implemented the Stroke Buckle’s first conference in Litchfield to exclusively address the issue of stroke among young adults. The event took place in conjunction with Georgetown Hospital System.
In 2006, YoungStroke earned prominence during Congressional Briefings about the STOP Stroke Act on Capitol Hill. Previously, YoungStroke established young stroke support groups in Kentucky and coordinated community-based stroke awareness events.
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