Thank you for supporting Strides for Strokes 2016!!

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 6.00.49 PMWe are ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to announce that Strides for Strokes 2016 has been our most successful year to date!! We are able to donate $9,000 to pediatric stroke research and education!!! The donations were still rolling in yesterday, so we wanted to make sure that everything was counted. THANK YOU to everyone who signed up, showed up, and committed to Making a Positive with us near and far!!!

Mark you calendars Strides for Strokes 2017 will take place on Friday, May 12th, 2017!!!

***We have a couple SFS 2016 T-shirts available in Youth S (2), Youth M (2), & Youth L(2), and Adult S (2) & Adult M (1). If you would like one please contact***

World Stroke Day- United 4 Pediatric Stroke

World Stroke Day- United 4 Pediatric Stroke

In honor of World Stroke Day 2015, pediatric stroke advocacy organizations worldwide have joined together to create a campaign dedicated to supporting pediatric stroke awareness across the globe! Join us in making this campaign a success by sharing this information. The website is Once on the Home page you will find three initiatives to take part in. You can BE VISIBLE by sharing your pediatric stroke story on the world map. You can BE HEARD by sharing the graphic on your social media sites. We have the graphic available in many languages making it a truly global initiative. You can UNITE FOR CHANGE by sharing any or all of the resources we have listed on the page. Let’s do this together and honor the children who have been impacted by stroke for World Stroke Day!

Here are the details:


If you have a pediatric stroke story to share put it on the World Map! Simply go to the BE VISIBLE page, share your child’s name, age at time of stroke, location in the world, brief story and a picture! If you are now an adult, but had a stroke at age 18 or younger, we want you to add your story as well. Let’s turn the world map purple!


Do you realize the impact that can be made if each person that were to take part in this campaign, shared on social media? We have made it easy for you to raise awareness with just a few clicks. Go to the BE HEARD page, select the graphic in your language and share it on any or all of the social media sites. Let your voice be HEARD for pediatric stroke. Use #united4pedstroke and share the website for the greatest impact!


In honor of 2015 World Stroke Day, we want to ensure that the awareness and education grows for pediatric stroke. Whether you are a healthcare provider, an impacted family or someone just learning of the possibility of stroke among children, we encourage you to increase your knowledge of pediatric stroke. Go to the UNITE FOR CHANGE page and check out the resources for pediatric stroke. Please share any of these with your friends and family to educate them that strokes can happen to children, babies, teens, and even before birth. We can do so much more when we UNITE for CHANGE! Use #united4pedstroke and share the website for the greatest impact!

Please make sure you share this information. We are United for Change for Pediatric Stroke! Thank you for your help in ensuring this global campaign is a success!


2015 Pediatric Stroke Lecture Series at Washington University School of Medicine

We love to support our fellow pediatric stroke foundations! In 2014 we donated to the annual pediatric stroke lecture series put on by Brendon’s Smile in collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine. The speaker for the 6th Annual lecture series was pediatric stroke expert Michael Rivikin, MD his lecture entitled “Neonatal Stroke: Progress and Promise” took place at Washington University of Medicine on March 16, 2015.

This lecture and the full pediatric stroke lecture series is available online for CME credit. Users would like CME credit, please register and login here Then click on “Course Catalog”, then to “CME Credit Courses”, and next to “Pediatrics” to access the lecture.

To view the full lecture series please click here:

Bellaflies is proud to be Making a Positive with Brendon’s Smile!!


UCSF pediatric stroke research team Strides for Strokes 2015 recipient


University of California, San Francisco pediatric stroke research team
From left to right, it is Maria Kuccherzki (project manager), Nancy Hills, PhD (biostatistician), Heather Fullerton, M.D (pediatric stroke neurologist) , and Christine Fox, M.D (pediatric stroke neurologist and investigator)

We are proud to announce this years proceeds recipient of Strides for Strokes 2015. The pediatric stroke research team at UCSF will be using the funds to analyze the data they have collected in the vascular effects of infection in Pediatric Stroke (VIPS) Study. They will be looking at recurrent strokes in children, and also at how the children are affected by the stroke—their neurological impairment and how it is affecting their quality of life.

Bellaflies “gift will be extremely helpful…to work on these analyses,” wrote Dr. Fullerton, “it will help us cross the finish line for the secondary analyses we want to do!”

We cannot wait to hear the results of these analyses and are happy that Bella’s foundation is Making a Positive in such a life changing way!