What a day, what a day, what a day!!!!! It was Brain Aneurysm Awareness Day at Target Field in honor of The Joe Niekro Foundation. My day started with a fabulous pre-game autograph signing session with former Minnesota Twins players Dan Gladden, Tim Laudner and Tony Oliva. Hundreds lined up to make a $20 donation to The Joe Niekro Foundation in exchange for a Wanna Get Lucky? shirt that would then be autographed by these three greats. What can I say – not only are these three amazing, but the Minnesota fans are too! What smiles, positive attitudes and compliments they made as they made their way through the long line. My right hand gal through it all – Mrs. Kari Ulrich – without you Kari, today would never have been what it was. I can’t thank you enough for your vivacious energy, fundraising tenacity and pure commitment to our cause.
Kari, an aneurysm survivor herself, didn’t slow down once today! As we made our way onto the field for the pre-game ceremony with Dr. Robert Brown, neurologist and brain specialist from Mayo Clinic, we were welcomed by a wonderful applause from the Minnesota fans, with their generosity continuing through the night as we collected donations through the foundation’s Text to Give campaign. As message boards lit up around the stadium with “Text STRIKEOUT to 20222 and make a $10 donation to The Joe Niekro Foundation” we watched hundreds grabbing their cell phones in support of our cause. We want to thank all those that supported us today, plan to support us in the future and will continue to spread the word about our organization and mission.
If you haven’t yet, grab your phone now and Knuckle Up for Aneurysm Research – text STRIKEOUT to 20222! Your donation WILL make a difference.