Stroke Association to Join U.S. Mint
By Mike Unser
The National Stroke Association
has announced it will join the U.S. Mint in
celebrating the launch of the new John Quincy
Adams Presidential $1 coin on Thursday, May 15.
One of the great values in coin series with
ongoing themes and multi-year designs, like the
Presidential $1 coins, is the educational value
they can provide.
The release of the John Quincy Adams coin this
month honors his life, and just as importantly,
is a learning opportunity. Like now. What many
people may not know is that John Quincy Adams
suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of
Representatives in 1848. He died from that
stroke two days later.
How many people knew or remembered that from
their day’s in high school? Likely, few. But now
Further and better, May is National Stroke
Awareness month, and the release of the new John
Quincy Adams $1 coin can help that awareness.
Jim Baranski, Executive Director and CEO of
National Stroke Association said it best:
"We are so pleased to join with the U.S. Mint
during the release of this coin because it once
again helps us to bring the issue of stroke to
the forefront of the nation and empower stroke
survivors, caregivers and the general public to
prevent stroke and take emergency action when
Baranski went on to say,
“So much has changed in the world of stroke,
especially in the past three years. We now have
an easy FAST way to recognize stroke symptoms
and stroke center hospitals that specialize in
the latest stroke care…"
FAST is an acronym that helps teach everyone to
recognize the symptoms of stroke. It stands for:
F = FACE - Ask the person to smile, does one
side of the face droop?
A= ARM - Ask the person to hold both arms
outstretched, does one arm drift downward?
S= SPEECH - Ask the person to repeat a simple
sentence, does the speech sound slurred?
T= TIME - If anyone experiences any of these
symptoms, time to call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken
to the nearest stroke center hospital
Will more people learn about FAST because of
John Quincy Adams and the new $1 coin? For sure.
With the circulating release of the Quincy Adams
dollar coin Thursday, 250-coin bags and 25-coin
rolls will also be available for purchase
directly from the U.S. Mint. Current
Presidential products by the Mint may be found
Presidential $1 Coin Products
Orders may also be placed via the Mint’s
toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).