Stroke survivor Liz Andersen with her husband and caregiver, Steve, at a stroke retreat for survivors and caregivers. (Photo courtesy of Steve Andersen) Steve Andersen was fast asleep, tuckered out after a weekend of camping with the grandsons, when he heard his wife Liz frantically calling his name. “Steve, I can’t get off the toilet,”…

Stroke survivor Dave Kim at the Red Cross Gala in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Dave Kim) Dave Kim can hardly remember a time he wasn’t making music. He plays three instruments – most notably the electric violin – and has performed at countless weddings and in concerts around the world, opening for such acts…

Stroke survivor Dave Kim at the Red Cross Gala in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Dave Kim) Dave Kim can hardly remember a time he wasn’t making music. He plays three instruments – most notably the electric violin – and has performed at countless weddings and in concerts around the world, opening for such acts…

Members of hard rock band Hellyeah (L to R): Tom Maxwell, Christian Brady, Chad Maxwell, Kyle Sanders and the late Vinnie Paul. (Photo by David Jackson) When the members of the hard rock band Hellyeah walked onstage for their first show in more than a year, everything looked different. The most glaring change was the…

Members of hard rock band Hellyeah (L to R): Tom Maxwell, Christian Brady, Chad Maxwell, Kyle Sanders and the late Vinnie Paul. (Photo by David Jackson) When the members of the hard rock band Hellyeah walked onstage for their first show in more than a year, everything looked different. The most glaring change was the…

Stroke survivors Tara MacInnes and Sean Bretz in their engagement photo from February 2019. (Photo courtesy of Tara MacInnes) She grew up splashing around the Pacific Ocean. Him, the Atlantic Ocean. She dreamed of a career in the Coast Guard. He had one. About the only thing they had in common? Strokes that required extensive brain…

Stroke survivors Tara MacInnes and Sean Bretz in their engagement photo from February 2019. (Photo courtesy of Tara MacInnes) She grew up splashing around the Pacific Ocean. Him, the Atlantic Ocean. She dreamed of a career in the Coast Guard. He had one. About the only thing they had in common? Strokes that required extensive brain…

Gospel legend Rev. Stefanie Minatee survived a stroke in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Stefanie Minatee) Singing in church as a young girl in New Jersey, Stefanie Minatee had a feeling that she was destined to do great things. And, indeed, her faith lifted her. She went on to earn a Ph.D. and become an ordained…

Gospel legend Rev. Stefanie Minatee survived a stroke in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Stefanie Minatee) Singing in church as a young girl in New Jersey, Stefanie Minatee had a feeling that she was destined to do great things. And, indeed, her faith lifted her. She went on to earn a Ph.D. and become an ordained…

Stroke survivor Ira Goodman (right) with his father Marc. (Photo courtesy of Ira Goodman) Ira Goodman woke up in the middle of the night drenched with sweat. His head pounded like nothing he’d experienced in all his 31 years. The room spun and he felt extremely nauseous. He’d eaten an enchilada the night before, so he figured…