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Monday, February 21, 2011


March 14-20, 2011 has been declared as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week and to help bring awareness to the importance of early detection, The Joe Niekro Foundation has launched a national initiative called Wanna Get Lucky?.  This catchy slogan has been printed on thousands of t-shirts and being promoting to various communities across the country.  You can spread the word by helping us promote Wanna Get Lucky? The more awareness we can bring to this silent killer, the more success we can have in preventing them.  1 in 15 people in the US will develop a brain aneurysm and 50% of ruptured aneurysm victims will die within minutes.  Brain aneurysms are detectable and treatable, which is why this public awareness campaign is critical in educating the public of the warning signs, and most importantly to GET SCANNED – especially if there is history of aneurysms in the family.
Shirts can be purchased online at and available in Men’s and Ladies tees, Women’s cap sleeve, v-neck and women’s tank tops. Colors include black, red, navy and pink.  Prices are $10 for Men’s and $12 for women’s (plus $4.95 for shipping) and all proceeds benefit aneurysm research, treatment and education.

The Joe Niekro Foundation was named in honor of Joe Niekro, a former Minnesota Twin and 22 year major league knuckleball pitcher who lost his life suddenly to an undiagnosed brain aneurysm on October 27, 2006.  Joe’s daughter, Natalie – founder and president of The Joe Niekro Foundation now commits her life to raising funds in support of brain aneurysm research, treatment and education in attempt to combat the enemy that prematurely took her father.
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