The Gateway Sertoma Club presented its 2018 Service to Mankind Award in December to Randy Palmer, a survivor of multiple strokes, to honor his work with other stroke survivors.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by Gateway Sertoma. It honors community members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the community and to mankind.
Palmer also received the Stephanie Wever Award presented by the Nebraska State Stroke Association to a person demonstrating courage in the aftermath of a stroke, and for encouraging fellow stroke survivors.
Palmer volunteers twice a week at Bryan Health as a peer provider. He gives hope and encouragement to stroke survivors. He shares 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 LifePointe. He was also instrumental in helping Bryan LifePointe establish neuro-based education and exercise programs for stroke survivors.
A primary focus of the Gateway Sertoma Club is raising money to support efforts to educate the general public about stroke, which is the leading cause of death and long-term disability in the United States. For more details on the club, see gatewaysertoma.com.