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25
Feb
16

16 in Sixteen

16 in Sixteen Campaign

 

 

 

 

PLEASE PLEDGE YOUR 16!

We have all felt alone.

That moment where we would give anything to know someone else who has walked the same path.

That person who can give us the strength to make it to the other side.

When we face our greatest challenge we should not be alone!

  • There are currently 6 million people in the US who have an unruptured brain aneurysm
  • As many as 1 in 15 people will develop a brain aneurysm or AVM
  • Every 18 minutes an aneurysm ruptures
  • 50% of ruptured aneurysm patients will die instantly
  • The average age of an AVM rupture is 17 years old
  • There are approximately 120,000 hemorrhagic stroke victims annually

The Joe Niekro Foundation™ is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness 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.

The Joe Niekro Foundation™ Support Groups create a community to help these survivors know that recovery is possible and they are not alone.

  • These groups provide life-saving support to patients, survivors, caregivers and families, both online and in person.
  • Social support is essential to the recovery process and social isolation can greatly reduce patient recovery and outcomes after suffering a Brain Aneurysm/AVM/Hemorrhagic Stroke.
  • Many hospitals are not equipped to offer patients and families the ongoing support post discharge needed for their full recovery.
  • Survivors have the opportunity to meet and learn from other survivors who have experienced similar issues and understand.
  • Support group members learn what to expect during their healing process and develop new coping strategies through shared personal experiences.
  • Members have access to healthcare professionals as well as other survivors.
  • Our education booklet Roadmap to Recovery provides information on topics such as depression, social reintegration, coping with disabilities, nutritional brainpower, exercising your brain and much more.
  • Members feel empowered when they receive access to educational information and emotional support that directly helps lead them to improved health and quality of life.

“A support group can be life saving for a patient and family during their critical recovery period.  I have been amazed by the commitment, the diligence and camaraderie of their members.  I have been deeply impressed by the benefit my patients and their families have received by interacting with others who have survived the same ordeal.  I salute the organizers of The Joe Niekro Foundation for all the good that they do, and am deeply grateful for the benefit my patients have received because of their efforts.”

Dr. Robert F. Spetzler
Director, Barrow Neurological Institute
Chairman and President, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates
Professor of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

“It was in August 2012 and being 19, I was rushed to the hospital. They had discovered that I had a ruptured AVM and a possible stroke. While there isn’t a lot that I remember about the event, I have had to live with many difficulties including forgetfulness, struggling with talking, and my ability to participate in many activities.  It is through the Joe Niekro Foundation and their guidance that I’ve been able to meet and talk to other survivors and understand I am not alone.”

Tyler Landreth, Survivor 22 Years Old, Green, Oregon

Here’s how you can help JNF provide the critical funding necessary to offer a greater support network for survivors and caregivers worldwide:

Share the message with 16 friends and/or share the link below with friends on other social media sites, across the web and by email.

The more people we can educate, the more lives we can save.  It is our priority to create awareness and deliver guidance, knowledge and support to those facing the challenging road of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Together, we can create this vital community where people no longer have to feel alone – they can thrive, not just survive.

Please join us and pledge or share YOUR 16 in 16!

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

Richard Klucznik Natalie Niekro

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!

29
Jul
12

The Joe Niekro Foundation Snoball

Ever heard of the SNOBALL EFFECT??? The Joe Niekro Foundation has partnered with Snoball, a free platform that allows users to give to whom they want and how they want. Those who join a Snoball can quickly and easily share them across their personal social networks, encouraging friends and families to participate. The idea is that you can start your own Snoball or join another like-minded person’s Snoball along the way. You can make one-time donations, recurring donations, and even donations based on personal goals such as mowing the lawn or being nice to your brother. The possibilities are endless, and Snoball will help you follow through by sending you an email at the appropriate interval. The specific event, donation amount and time interval are defined by the user.

Once a Snoball is defined and enabled, the platform’s underlying patented technology takes care of the rest, trig-gering the specified donation at the pre-defined intervals for the life of the Snoball. This can ultimately transform a one dollar donation into millions.

To get things started, we’ve created a Snoball for each team that Joe Niekro played for during his 22 year MLB career. When any of the below teams win, every participant in that Snoball is helping raise $1 to the foundation. So the more members in a snoball, the more money raised each time that occurrence takes place! It’s Easy and It’s Fun, so join us as we create the biggest SNOBALL in history…all while helping raise money to support brain aneurysm research, treatment and education.

Join the Chicago Cubs Snoball

Join the San Diego Padres Snoball

Join the Detroit Tigers Snoball

Join the Atlanta Braves Snoball

Join the Houston Astros Snoball

Join the New York Yankees Snoball

Join the Minnesota Twins Snoball

07
Feb
12

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTARS TRAILER CHOIR, CHUCK WICKS AND KEITH ANDERSON TEAM UP WITH THE JOE NIEKRO FOUNDATION AND GO TO BAT FOR ANEURYSM RESEARCH

The Knuckle Ball

Trailer Choir, Chuck Wicks and Keith Anderson...Playing for a Cause


Country Music Superstars Trailer Choir, Chuck Wicks and Keith Anderson have teamed up with The Joe Niekro Foundation for a weekend of festivities in Houston, TX, April 27th and 28th.  It’s all in celebration of the 3rd Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life, with proceeds benefitting brain aneurysm research, treatment and education.

Friday, April 27th will kick things off at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar with a special acoustic, in the round performance, beginning at 8P.   Patrons will hear hits like Rockin’ the Beer Gutt, Off the Hillbilly Hook and Shakin’ that Tailgate from Trailer Choir, Stealing Cinderella, All I Ever Wanted and Old School from Chuck Wicks, and Every Time I Hear Your Name, Pickin’ Wildflowers and Lost In This Moment from Keith Anderson.  These hits plus many more will fill the stage and make country music memories, while attendees experience an up close and personal view of these country megastars.

The festivities continue at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, April 28th as the entertainers will be joined by athletes from across the country at the 3rd Annual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life, as they pay tribute to the beloved 13-year Houston Astros All-Star,  Joe Niekro.  At the peak of his Major League Baseball pitching career, Joe Niekro was famous for his command of the knuckleball, a baseball pitch with an erratic, unpredictable motion. Like a knuckleball, Niekro’s life took an unpredictable path on October 27, 2006, when he died suddenly from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Niekro served 22 years in the Major Leagues, 13 of those with the Houston Astros.  He became the team’s first 20-game winner, and remains the all-time leader in wins among Astros pitchers.  Teaming up with his brother, Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, the two combined for 539 wins over their respective careers making them the most successful brother combination in Major League history.

In honor of his memory, daughter Natalie Niekro created The Joe Niekro Foundation, with a mission to raise funds for brain aneurysm research, treatment and help bring public awareness to this devastating condition affecting as many as 1 in 15 people.

A number of Astros players, along with former MLB, NFL and NBA Stars, will be on hand at the black-tie gala, featuring a reception, formal dinner, silent and live auction (for a list of previous attendees, click here).  Joe’s brother and Hall of Fame pitcher, Phil Niekro will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, with a special presentation of The 2012 Joe Niekro Humanitarian Award to Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner and current Chairman of the Board of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, J. Kent Friedman.

We invite you to join us for a weekend of fun as we raise money for a condition that is killing thousands every year. For tickets and more information on both events and The Joe Niekro Foundation, visit www.joeniekrofoundation.org/knuckleball.

April 27th – 8P – Country Music Concert

Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St. Houston, TX 77009

Tickets: $75

April 28th – 6:36P – Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life (Joe Niekro’s #36 symbolizes the start time)

Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Tickets: Individual Tickets start at $336, with table sponsorships ranging from $5,036-$25,036.

21
Aug
11

Thank You Minnesota! The Twin Cities ROCK!

Foundation Board Member, Kari Ulrich and Medical Advisory Board Member, Dr. Robert Brown, join Natalie Niekro with Tim Laudner (left), Dan Gladden (center) and Tony Oliva (right) for the pre-game autograph session

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 and Natalie sporting their Wanna Get Lucky? shirts

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.

Text STRIKEOUT to 20222 and make a $10 donation to support brain aneursym research, treatment and awareness




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