HOLIDAYS

I HAVE 2 SHARE THAT May 5th is National Scrapbook Day.
I THINK YESTERDAY WAS International Disadvantaged People’s Day.
LASTY, May is National Stroke Awareness Month:
Dear Friend,

Women play an important role in all of our lives – they are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, wives, sisters and best friends. Because we value and cherish these women, we must educate them about the risk of stroke. Consider these facts about stroke and women:

Twice as many women die from stroke than from breast cancer every year.
One-half of all African American women will die from stroke or heart disease.
More women than men die from stroke.
4 out of 5 American families will be affected by stroke.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
The good news is that together we can prevent more than half a million strokes from occurring this year. National Stroke Association's National Stroke Awareness Month "The Women in Your Life" campaign is a national effort to increase awareness about stroke prevention, recognizing stroke symptoms and reacting F.A.S.T. to treat stroke. Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you learn to think F.A.S.T.:

F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange? T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 9-1-1.

National Stroke Association would appreciate your help in spreading the word about stroke through your participation in National Stroke Awareness Month. Check out our Web site for unique ideas for how you can promote stroke awareness during National Stroke Awareness Month. We now also have free and low cost promotional/educational materials available on our Web site for you to download to help you and community organizations plan or promote your local National Stroke Awareness activities. For more information, please visit us online at http://www.stroke.org/ or call 1-800-STROKES. More importantly, we urge you to pass this email on to all the women in your life so they too can be stroke smart.

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