Knuckle Ball honors father, supports Barrow
(August 2015) - On Oct. 17, 2015, athletes from across the country will come together in association with The Joe Niekro Foundation to support brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness, during the 6th Annual Knuckle Ball … A Pitch for Life at the JW Marriott Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit research at Barrow Neurological Institute.
The black-tie evening, hosted by renowned radio personality Dave Pratt, will feature a festive reception, silent auction, formal dinner, event program, live auction, musical entertainment and the opportunity to mingle with some of sports greatest legends.
The gala, being hosted in Phoenix for the first time, is the foundation’s largest event of the year and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to these fatal conditions, while honoring the survivors who are fighting every day to recover.
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 the knuckleball, Niekro’s life took an unpredictable path on October 27, 2006, when he died suddenly from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Since Joe Niekro’s tragic and sudden death, his daughter Natalie established The Joe Niekro Foundation, committed to supporting patients and families, research, and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes. The organization provides education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.
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