Founder: Natalie Niekro (daughter of Joe) – From the time I was born, baseball has been in my blood. I have had the privilege of watching my father surpass records, obstacles and become one of the most recognized names in baseball. I have been blessed in having two loving parents who have supported, loved and guided me through life’s journeys. Growing up as a child of a professional baseball player has been an indescribable experience and now the torch has been passed to me to leave a legacy just as my father has. Dad’s aneurysm was sudden, unexpected and undiagnosed. Within 18 hours of Dad’s rupture, he was pronounced dead. Upon losing my father, I made a commitment to dedicate my time, energy and focus on the advancement of neurological treatments for aneurysm patients.
It is my mission to discover a detection method, available to the public, so that thousands of lives can be saved from this silent killer. By providing funds for research and treatment to hospitals, treatment centers and organizations, I am confident that The Joe Niekro Foundation will help families across the world.