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01
Aug
16

JNF Awards $60,000 at 2016 SNIS Annual Meeting

The Joe Niekro Foundation was pleased to award $60,000 in research seed grants at the 2016 SNIS Annual Meeting in Boston this July. Among a pool of thirteen amazing applications, the Grants Review Board selected three to each receive a $20,000 seed grant that advances the study of brain aneurysms or brain arteriovenous malformations. The grants enable investigators to conduct research projects that address a specific hypotheses and generate preliminary data in preparation for major grant applications to corporations, foundations and governmental agencies. Founder of the Joe Niekro Foundation, Natalie Niekro and Treasurer of the SNIS Foundation, Richard Klucznik, MD presented each recipient with their checks.
We applaud all those that applied and look forward to granting additional dollars at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs in July.

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This year’s recipients were:

Christopher Kellner, MD (left) – Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital – “The Intra-Arterial Delivery of Modified Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells to Treat Cerebral Vasospasm Through the LArginine/NO Pathway in the Human Placenta Flow Model”

Cameron McDougall, MD (right) – Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern – “Next Joe Niekro Research GrantGeneration Bran Arteriovenous Malformation Model”

Alim Mitha, MD – University of Calgary – “Intravenous Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Aneurysm Formation”

(Dr. Mitha was unable to attend the meeting and therefore not pictured.

Congratulations to Drs. Kellner, McDougall and Mitha from all of us at the Joe Niekro Foundation™!

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01
Dec
15

Give Us A Smile

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea and today is YOUR chance to make a difference! While everyone else is asking for money today, we at the Joe Niekro Foundation™ are asking for something much more priceless…a smile. We encourage you to share our smile with someone you love to help make their day a priceless one too. We know that

#GivingTuesday only lasts for 24 hours, so please be sure to share this smile with the ones you love and lets see the impact a simple gesture like this has on the world!

Thank you for your support!

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16
Jul
15

The Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life is Heading to Phoenix

Joe Niekro Foundation Knuckle Ball

On October 17th, 2015, athletes from all over the country will come together, in association with The Joe Niekro Foundation and The Society of Neuro-Interventional Surgery Foundation, to support brain aneurysmAVM and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness, for the 6thAnnual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life at the JW Marriott Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

The black-tie evening, hosted by actress and brain aneurysm survivor, Tamala Jones, will feature a festive reception, silent auction, formal dinner, event program and LIVE auction (plus a few surprises in between).  The gala is the foundation’s largest event of the year and pays tribute to those that have lost their lives to these fatal conditions, while honoring the survivors who are fighting everyday to recover.

We are proud to announce that Petrice “TC” Schuttler will be honored as the Joe Niekro Humanitarian of the Year for her outstanding commitment and contributions to the Phoenix community.  Petrice has devoted her life to improving the lives of others and we are incredibly excited to present her with this year’s award.  The Joe Niekro Foundation Medical Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Joseph Zabramski, MD will be recognized for his research and continued advancements and treatment studies of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.

Since her father’s tragic and sudden death as a result of a brain aneurysm, Natalie Niekro established The Joe Niekro Foundation, committed to supporting patients and families, research, and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.

We would be honored to have you join our efforts and look forward to welcoming you at the 6th Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life.

For tickets and package information, visit www.joeniekrofoundation.com/events/knuckleball.

02
Jul
14

GET READY TO PITCH ANOTHER GREAT EVENING

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CONTACT

Natalie Niekro

nniekro@joeniekrofoundation.org

602-318-1013

 

Chairman, Natalie Niekro, of the 5th Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life, on September 20th, at Hotel Zaza, is pleased to announce some of this year’s participating athletes who will be honoring her father and former Houston Astros pitcher, Joe Niekro. Over 40 MLB, NFL and NBA athletes will be attending and mingling with the guests.  To name a few, will be:

  •      Nolan Ryan (Hall of Fame Inductee – 1999) – MLB Pitcher – New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers (1966-1993)
  •      Bert Campaneris – MLB Shortstop – Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, California Angels, New York Yankees (1964-1983)
  •      JR Richard – MLB Pitcher – Houston Astros (1971-1980)
  •      Dave Bergman – MLB 1st Baseman – New York Yankees, Houston Astros, SF Giants and Detroit Tigers (1975-1992)
  •      Bill Dawley –   MLB Pitcher – Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics (1983-1989)
  •      Jeff DeWillis – MLB Pitcher – Toronto Blue Jays (1987)
  •      Jon Warden – MLB Pitcher – Detroit Tigers (1968)
  •      John Egan – NBA Point Guard – Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets (1961-1972), NBA Coach – Houston Rockets (1973-1976)
  •      Chester Pitts – NFL Offensive Guard – Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks (2002-2011)

Since Joe Niekro’s tragic and sudden death in 2006, as a result of a brain aneurysm, his daughter, Natalie established The Joe Niekro Foundation, committed to aiding in the research and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVM’s and hemorrhagic strokes.  The foundation strives to raise awareness about the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while helping support the advancement of neurological research.  TJNF provides public education and advocacy, support for patients and families, and develops awareness programs and educational materials for hospitals, clinics and other institutions nationwide.

Because of her father’s love for the Houston Astros and the city of Houston, it is only fitting that The Knuckle Ball be held in the city that gave the Niekro family their greatest memories. The evening, emceed by KHOU personality and brain aneurysm survivor, Deborah Duncan, features a festive reception, silent auction, formal dinner, LIVE auction and the opportunity to mingle with some of sports greatest legends.

Bobby Tudor will be honored as the Joe Niekro Humanitarian of the Year for his outstanding commitment and contributions to the Houston community.  A portion of the funds from the event will be granted in the name of Bobby Tudor, to a Houston neurological department of his choice.

As many as one in fifty Americans will develop a cerebral aneurysm or AVM; 10-15% of these individuals will die before reaching the hospital and over 50% will die within the first thirty days after rupture. Of those who survive, over half suffer permanent neurological deficit. For more info, visit www.joeniekrofoundation.org/knuckleball.

13
Sep
13

Another Great Evening Pitched For LIFE

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Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year, Dr. Richard Klucznik with son Jake and JNF Founder, Natalie Niekro

The Joe Niekro Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life on September 7th at Hotel Zsa Zsa in Houston, TX.  Natalie Niekro, chair of the black tie gala, welcomed more than 350 supporters and athletes, to honor her father, former Houston Astros pitcher, Joe Niekro.

The Joe Niekro Foundation was established after Niekro’s tragic and sudden death in 2006 from a brain aneurysm. The foundation  funds aneurysm research, treatment and awareness. Because of Niekro’s love for the Houston Astros and the city of Houston, The Knuckle Ball is held in the city that gave the Niekro family their greatest memories.  Not only is Houston the chosen city for this event, but the foundation made sure that the September date had an equally strong connection to the cause.  You see, September is nationally recognized as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month and The Joe Niekro Foundation used this as an additional platform to educate those attendees on the importance of early detection, research and awareness of these silent killers.

Host of Great Day Houston and KHOU broadcaster, Deborah Duncan, was the evening’s emcee.  She shocked the crowd with her story of survival and her passion for this cause, informing all of her life changing event in 1997 when she  experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm.  You could hear a pin drop as she told her story of how she fought back and promised herself that if she made it through, that meant she had more to do.  Her more to do was philanthropy and that is exactly what she has done!

There was lively bidding during the silent auction followed by a dinner and a live auction. The Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year Award recognized Dr. Richard P. Klucznik, Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at The Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, for his ongoing research advancements and treatment studies of cerebral aneurysms.

Guests mingled with some of sports greatest legends throughout the evening, including:

Dave Bergman – MLB 1st Baseman – New York Yankees, Houston Astros, SF Giants and Detroit Tigers

Larry Dierker – MLB Pitcher – Houston Colt .45’s/Astros and St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1977), MLB  Manager (1997-2001) Houston Astros

Jose Cruz – MLB Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals (1970-74), Houston Astros (1975-87) and New York Yankees (1988), MLB Coach – Houston Astros, Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Houston Astros (2009-present)

John Egan – NBA Point Guard – Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets (1961-1972), NBA Coach – Houston Rockets (1973-1976)

Jim Foor – MLB Pitcher – Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates (1971-1973)

Alphonso Roundtree – NFL Defensive Back  – Miami Dolphins (2003-2005)

Scipio Spinks – MLB Pitcher – Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals (1969-1973)

As many as one in 50 Americans will develop a cerebral aneurysm; 10 to 15 percent of these individuals will die before reaching the hospital. More than 50 percent will die within the first 30 days after rupture. Of those who survive, more than half suffer permanent neurological deficit. Funds are used to support ongoing research, educate the public about brain aneurysms, and to develop awareness programs and educational materials for hospitals, clinics, and other institutions nationwide. For more info, visit www.joeniekrofoundation.org.

Click here to see the 4th Annual Knuckle Ball photo gallery!

11
Apr
13

A Series to Remember

The Joe Niekro Foundation (TJNF) is excited to announce our next fundraiser, “A Series To Remember” on June 19th, in Detroit.  Get up close and personal with former Detroit Tigers players from the ’68 and ’84 World Series teams, including Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Gates Brown, Jon Warden, Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Dave Bergman and more to be announced.   The evening, hosted at Grosse Pointe War Memorial, will include cocktails, dinner and a panel discussion with the players, plus a computer simulation of the World Series games between the teams.

The Joe Niekro Foundation (TJNF) was founded in 2007 and is the “brain child” of Natalie Niekro (daughter of Joe).  Joe Niekro was a twenty-two year veteran of professional baseball who suddenly lost his life from a cerebral brain aneurysm in October 2006.   The foundation’s mission is to educate the public on aneurysm factors, causes and symptoms, while providing funds to support early detection research and awareness. 

It is estimated that there are currently 6 million people in the U.S. who have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people.  Every 8 minutes an aneurysm ruptures, taking the lives of nearly 50% immediately.  Of those remaining, 50% will suffer a delayed death and remaining survivors will likely suffer severe brain deficits.  Brain aneurysms are most prevalent between the ages 35-60, but occur in 3 out of 10 children as well.  Women, more than men, are documented to suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2.  These staggering statistics validate the critical need for aneurysm support, awareness and research funding.

TJNF is a tax-exempt organization (Tax #42-1740818) thus any donation is tax deductible according to IRS standards.  All proceeds from the event will benefit aneurysm research and treatment, serving brain aneurysm survivors, and raising awareness.

We invite you to join us in the fight as we continue to battle this silent enemy taking the lives of thousands every year.

Wednesday – June 19, 2013

6:00PM – Cocktail Reception

7:00PM – Dinner in the Crystal Ballroom

7:30PM – Panel Discussion with The Detroit Tigers World Series Champions of 1968 and 1984

 Click here to download Package Information

WORLD SERIES – $15,000 – 8 Seat Table

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a premier reserved table at A Series To Remember
  • Four (4) autographed baseballs signed by A Series To Remember athletes
  • Four (4) autographed baseball bats signed by A Series to Remember athletes
  • Your company name and/or logo banner on display throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on the foundation website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

AMERICAN LEAGUE – $10,000

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a premier reserved table at A Series To Remember
  • Two (2) autographed baseballs signed by A Series To Remember athletes
  • Two (2) autographed baseball bats signed by A Series To Remember athletes
  • Your company name and/or logo banner on display throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on the foundation website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

NATIONAL LEAGUE – $5,000

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a premier reserved table at A Series To Remember
  • Your company name and/or logo banner on display throughout the evening
  • Sponsorship recognition with link on the foundation website, www.joeniekrofoundation.org
  • Sponsorship mention the evening of the event

MINOR LEAGUES – $2,000

  • Eight (8) guest seats at a premier reserved table at A Series To Remember

Thank you for your consideration of our request.  Please contact Suzanne Antonelli  at santonelli@sigmainvestments.com if you need additional information as you consider sponsorship.

We look forward to seeing you on June 19th!!!!!

19
Aug
12

Joe Niekro Honored with a Star on the Walk of Fame

Natalie Niekro kneels next to her Dad’s star on the Walk of Fame

This past week was nothing less than a whirlwind…I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated my birthday.  On Friday, August 17th when I typically dread turning yet another year older, this day was quite a bit different.  Rather than attempting to blow out the candles that now cover the entire top of a cake, I was instead celebrating another event…accepting Dad’s star on the   Astros Walk of Fame.  Joe Niekro, the knuckleball pitcher who’s won more games than any other pitcher in Astros history, was inducted into the Astros Walk of Fame on Friday afternoon.

With media and reporters surrounding the induction stage in the steamy outside Houston temperatures,  I couldn’t help but feel the chill that overcame my body as Dad’s star was revealed to the public.   An honor LONG overdue, Dad’s Astros success is now acknowledged along Texas Ave. with several other Astro greats.

Thank you to the Astros organization for the wonderful honor and for allowing me to be a part of this celebration.  Houston was always our home and by far out of the seven teams my dad played for, it was definitely the one he enjoyed the most, so it means a lot to me and to my family to see Dad now recognized along this prestigous walk.  We just have to get No. 36 hanging from the rafters.  That’s my next mission.

 




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