My name is Steve Mallory. I am the Founder, President & CEO of The Stroke Network. This is a brief history of The Stroke Network.
Our on-line stroke support community initially began in 1995 on AOL as regularly scheduled chat sessions for Stroke Support, which was made up of about 30 stroke survivors and stroke caregivers. Little did I know that this small group would eventually become the start of the membership for the non-profit website that is now known as The Stroke Network.
What happened is that I emailed the management at AOL and made them aware of the need for a stroke support chat room. They agreed wholeheartedly! Up to this point, stroke support on AOL just consisted of a small message board forum. I hosted the monthly chat session, which quickly became bi-monthly and then weekly. I was the Stroke Support chat host for over three years.
During our chat meetings we discussed serious and common issues relating to stroke, plus we enjoyed our social interactions. One night, one of our discussions was about having a place where stroke survivors and stroke caregivers could go to on the Internet for support and, more importantly, to gather information about stroke. Back in those days, 1996, the web was relatively new and there was extremely little information about stroke. We wanted to get ourselves organized and thought that possibly a web page might prove to be the focal point that we needed.
I volunteered to get things organized and figured out how to make and publish a web page. The web page was known on AOL as Stroke Support & Information. It was actually an AOL personal website. The problem with this is that the domain name was owned by AOL. So, to break free of AOL and to become an independently owned website, we renamed our site to The Stroke Network with its current domain name of strokenetwork.org, in January 2000. Also, I knew we would need funding to keep our doors open for many years so I found a lawyer that would help make us a legitimate organization. We were incorporated in September 2001 and we received approval as a 501(c )3 non-profit charity in March of 2002.
I had created a website that had evolved from just one web page to five networked websites with over 100 pages, making it what is today, The Stroke Network. There were no other on-line stroke support groups until I published my web page. Our website has the privilege of being the very first on-line stroke support site on the Internet! Also, we were amongst the first on-line 501(c )3 non-profit organizations, as well. We started with just three volunteer staff members. Today, we are managed by 45 unpaid volunteer staff members and 13 volunteers on our board of directors.
The Stroke Network networks to an on-line stroke community that registers our membership to a database, has multiple stroke survivor and stroke caregiver support forums, provides every member with a blog to write about their life with stroke and it provides each member with Internet space to upload pictures of them, their family and events from their lives. The network has a website that has its give own private chat rooms,with daily chat sessions scheduled twice per day. The network has an information resources website where we can write and publish a monthly newsletter, let visitors submit links to other informative websites, has a newsfeed of relevant articles about stroke, a web page with important information about financial assistance and links to websites for disability products and equipment. The network has a website that is basically a stroke awareness site that educates the visitor all about stroke, what a stroke physically is, how to prevent one, stroke warning signs, etc. Lastly, the network has a website that explains all about The Stroke Network. It has pages with fundraising and donating information, pages with our most important organization policies and anything else pertinent about The Stroke Network organization.
The Stroke Network: our homepage is located on the web at http://www.strokenetwork.org/.
Our on-line stroke support community is at http://www.strokeboard.net/
and our chat rooms are at http://www.strokechat.net/.
The stroke resources website is at http://www.strokenet.info/
and the stroke education website is at http://www.StrokeEducation.info/.
Go to http://www.strokenetwork.net/
to read all about us. Finally, our Facebook page is located at http://www.facebook.com/strokenetwork
and my personal website can be found at http://www.stevemalloryorg/.