Nebraska Stroke presented the 2018 Stephanie Wever Courage Award to Randy Palmer at a surprise event in May. The annual award honors a Nebraska stroke survivor who exemplifies courage in overcoming the effects of stroke and who volunteers to help other stroke survivors.
Palmer, a survivor of multiple strokes, is a peer volunteer at Bryan Health two days a week where he visits stroke survivors on the rehab unit to give them hope and encouragement. He also was instrumental in getting a comprehensive neuro-based education and exercise program at Bryan Lifepoint to help stroke survivors. He is willing to share his story and uses humor to motivate others as he tells of the challenges and mistakes he has made during his recovery. He gives much support to others impacted by stroke across Lincoln, from grocery store meetings to the Bryan Health Stroke Support Group (Comeback Club) to stroke survivors at Lifepoint.
The 2018 Courage award was presented to Palmer by Linda Stephen, executive director of the Nebraska State Stroke Association. He was nominated for the award by Linda Jeffery of Bryan Health. Participants in the surprise award presentation to Palmer on May 23 included Deb Oliveros, mother of Stephanie Wever; Keith Fickenscher, 2017 recipient; NSSA board members; and Bryan Health staff.
The Courage award was named after Stephanie Wever, a stroke survivor and former NSSA board member, who died in 2015 at age 32. She was dedicated to raising awareness of strokes. Keith Fickenscher was the 2017 recipient.