Pacific Stroke Association


Dear Friends of PSA,

The morning of January 1, 1996 was just another workday for me as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I woke up prepared to start my new year doing what I did best: delivering babies at Stanford Hospital. I was 47 years old working 16-hour days, with the best working years of my life ahead. Except for some numbness in my left arm and left leg, I seemed fine that morning.

But, unknown to me, something was seriously wrong. I waited, thinking that it was just some stiffness. I wasn’t convinced it was a stroke because I discounted that possibility as something that didn’t happen to someone my age.

In fact, I had suffered an ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot, which suddenly blocked my carotid artery, cutting off the blood supply to the right side of my brain.

With help, I applied my willpower to getting better.

I joined the board of the Pacific Stroke Association (PSA) when the organization started in 1999 and I continue today as a volunteer speaker for PSA stroke community education program. I am also co-facilitating the PSA monthly Men’s Club. For anyone who has suffered a stroke, the support of others in the community is essential to recovery.

Your generous help continues to make a difference in making the PSA support services possible!

As a grass-root, not-for-profit organization, we rely on donations – large and small – from PSA friends and supporters like you. We are grateful for your continued support all year and through the holiday season.

Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday!

Peter Nelson, MD
PSA Long-Time Supporter

PSA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID #: 77-0500631.

IRA Charitable Distribution – A Great Way to Give to PSA 

Whether or not you will be itemizing deductions this year, you can realize important benefits by making your charitable gifts from your IRA. Anyone 70 ½ or older may donate up to $100,000 per year to qualified charitable organizations and count the contributions towards their required minimum distribution. Gifts made directly from an IRA to a qualified charity will not be included in your adjusted gross income, which may keep you in a lower tax bracket.

Donating Appreciated Stock

Do you have stock that has increased greatly in value and want to make a charitable gift to impact our stroke community? Its relatively easy to make a gift of stock by letting your broker know your intentions and having them contact PSA. You receive a tax deduction for the fair market

Planned gifts

Donors can support PSA programs and services by making a provision in their estate plans. Gifts from an estate to PSA are free of federal estate taxes. Please let us know if you have made a bequest to PSA.

Payroll deduction & Company Matching Gifts

Many companies offer giving options for their employees, and some of them even match your contribution! Please contact your Human Resources Department to discover what programs your employer offers and how you might make an even greater impact with your gift.

In memory and in honor

Donate in honor or in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion or milestone such as a birthday or anniversary. We’ll send a special acknowledgement card to someone you wish to honor or to the family of a loved one who has passed away.

Vehicle donation

It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 to convert your extra or old vehicle into a tax deductible donation benefitting PSA!
1)  When you are ready to donate a vehicle call PSA at 650.565.8485 or email
2)  PSA will arrange for the vehicle to be picked up by a local organization.
3)  You will receive confirmation for the sale of the vehicle.

Amazon Smile 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Pacific Stroke Association every time you shop, at no cost to you. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, please enter Pacific Stroke Association as the charitable organization of your choice to receive donations from your purchases. Thereafter, every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to PSA. You can also simply bookmark this link so all your eligible shopping will benefit PSA.