Sponsored by King’s Daughters Center for Advanced NeuroMedicine, Strike Out Stroke is a community education initiative designed to increase awareness of stroke, its signs and symptoms and ways to prevent it.
Stroke survivors are encouraged to attend the game and will receive a specially designed Strike Out Stroke T-shirt to proclaim their survivorship. A stroke survivor will be chosen to throw out the first pitch of the game.
“Not so long ago, stroke survivorship was not so common,” said Polly Hunt, RN, stroke program coordinator for King’s Daughters. “Today, not only is surviving a stroke more common, but people are experiencing better outcomes because of increased awareness and technological advances.”
Still, she said, there is much the public doesn’t know about stroke. Throughout the game, announcers will share facts and figures about stroke with fans – whenever a player strikes out.
“It’s a fun way to reach parents, grandparents and kids with education about stroke,” Hunt said.
Stroke professionals will be on hand – at the King’s Daughters Strike Out Stroke tent – to answer questions and provide education on stroke. Free screenings will be available between 5 and 8 p.m. Appointments are not required.
“We are really excited to partner with Boyd and Greenup county high schools to raise public awareness about stroke,” Hunt said.
Additional Strike Out Stroke events are being planned for schools in surrounding communities.
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