A Father’s Legacy Lives On
Four weeks before her wedding in 2006, Natalie Niekro spoke on the phone with her father, Joe Niekro, for three hours discussing everything from the song that would play when he walked her down the aisle to the tux he would wear. Read full story
Upcoming Knuckle Ball Hopes to Strike Out Brain Aneurysms
Imagine you are just getting ready for bed. You change into your pajamas. You brush your teeth. You lay down next to your spouse or partner and turn on the TV. Then, you feel like a sledgehammer hit you in the back of the head. You get sick. You start seeing double. Your speech begins to slur. This is what it is like for 30,000 people each year when a brain aneurysm ruptures. Read full story
A Pitch for Life Returns to Phoenix in November
Returning to the Valley for its second year, the Knuckle Ball Gala will take place on Saturday November 12th, 2016, at the Arizona Biltmore. The event, hosted by the Joe Niekro Foundation™, will support brain aneurysm, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness with proceeds benefiting neurological research at Barrow Neurological Institute. Read full story
Boy Free of Symptoms
Andrew King took practice shots at a hockey net on the deck of his family’s backyard one recent afternoon. There were no signs of the numbness he had felt in this left arm two years ago, when a malformation of blood vessels burst in his spine. Read full story.
Survivor shares story of hope to raise awareness of brain aneurysms
Since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2013, Debbie Dunn can’t believe the number of people, even locally, who stand as survivors with her.
But there is so much to be learned about brain aneurysms that she spearheaded her own support group known as the Joe Niekro Foundation Support Group of Rome. Read full story
Legacy of Love: “Run for Doris” Partners with JNF
The Doris A. Connor Memorial Walk and Run for Brain Aneurysm Awareness takes place Sept. 18 at Oneida Shores Park. Proceeds will benefit the Crouse Neuroscience Institute and a $500 scholarship will be awarded to a C-NS senior pursuing a degree in nursing. Read full story
Joe Niekro Knuckleball Gala to Raise Funds for Neurological Research
Returning to the Valley for its second year, the Knuckle Ball Gala will take place Nov. 12 at the Arizona Biltmore. Read full story
A.A. Cole Students raise funds for JNF
The highlight of the evening for many guests was when Principal Michael Smolnik was duct taped to the back wall of the stage in the cafeteria. He agreed to the challenge after students exceeded their $1,000 fundraising goal for the Joe Niekro Foundation, which promotes awareness of and funds research of brain aneurysms. Read full story
JNF Partners with Forsyth Medical Center to Bring Awareness to Winston-Salem
Forsyth Medical Center, a Novant Health facility, has been named the lead hospital in North Carolina to hold aneurysm support group meetings for survivors and their loved ones. Read more
Pitching in to Help Others
In 2004, Kimberly Chapman brimmed with excitement. The San Francisco flower shop owner had just landed a lucrative contract with Kendall-Jackson Estate Vineyards to provide all the flowers for an event featuring celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Read more
Joe Niekro Foundation Grants $160k to Barrow to Study Rare Brain Condition
The Joe Niekro Foundation™ premiered its Knuckle Ball event in Phoenix, raising money to support potentially lifesaving cerebrovascular research and honoring a lead investigator at Barrow Neurological Institute with a prestigious award. Read more
Aneurysm Survivor Starts Local Support Group
Beth Barnes thought it was just a headache.
Except it didn’t go away. And it kept getting worse.
The West Elmira resident is surrounded by medical professionals every day, but nobody could pinpoint her problem. Read more
Fashion Woodlands – Theresa Roemer Brings Together Clothes, Causes and A Hot Emcee
Every year Fashion Woodlands takes great pride in getting to choose a different foundation to benefit, and this year we felt the Joe Niekro Foundation should be one of them. Read more
Meet the Inspiring Survivors Behind This Silent Killer
Actress Tamala Jones was only 23 when she experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm in 1988. Ever since, she has made it her mission to bring much needed attention to the fight against brain aneurysms. Jones partnered with the Joe Niekro Foundation to search for extraordinary survivors who exemplify the hope and determination of living a fulfilling life after a brain aneurysm. Read more
The Joe Niekro Foundation gala to benefit Barrow Neurological Institute
The Joe Niekro Foundation Pitches a Great Evening with KnuckleBall
On October 17th, 2015, athletes from all over the country will come together, in association with The Joe Niekro Foundation to support brain aneurysm, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness, for the 6th Annual Knuckle Ball, A Pitch for Life, at the JW Marriott Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Read more
Tamala Jones and Canada Bliss join the Joe Niekro Foundation for a campaign that hits close to home
“Castle” Star Tamala Jones, Luxury Hat Maker Canada Bliss, and Joe Niekro Foundation Launch Brain Aneurysm Model Search
(Los Angeles, Friday. 05.15.15) Today, in an effort to raise awareness of a sudden and fatal illness that claims nearly 500,000 lives annually, actress Tamala Jones is teaming with the Joe Niekro Foundation and luxury hat maker Canada Bliss in a model search for brain aneurysms survivors. Read more
Martin Kove Appears at the Scottsdale Rockin’ West Fest
Martin Kove, known for his roles in ‘The Karate Kid’ and the second ‘Rambo’ movie, is in town this weekend for a charity event and special show in Scottsdale. Read more
JNF and CNY Grant Crouse Neuroscience Institute
The CNY Brain Aneurysm Awareness Campaign, in conjunction with the national Joe Niekro Foundation, hosted its annual Melt Away the Winter Blues fundraiser. Read more
JNF Awards $90,000 in Research Grants
The Joe Niekro Foundation has announced the 2014 Joe Niekro Research Grant recipients. A total of $90,000 has been awarded by the foundation, which is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes. “We are thrilled to award these recipients with this critical funding needed to help support the advancements of neurological research,” states JNF Founder, Natalie Niekro. Read more
Efforts of The Joe Niekro Foundation
Poole Living her New Normal
After being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm on Oct. 1, 2012 Donna Poole’s life changed forever — but that hasn’t slowed her down, she has just learned to deal with the side effects of treatment. Read more
Support for Aneurysm Survivors
When a sudden thunderbolt of pain in her head caused 44-year-old Bonnie Simmons of Hoagland to talk incoherently and vomit, she knew her life would never be the same. Read more
Niekro Knuckle Ball Raises Money for Aneurysm Research and Awareness
This is the Joe Niekro Foundation’s 5th annual Knuckle Ball being held at the Hotel ZaZa. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Read more
Another Great Evening Pitched for Life
Natalie Niekro, chair of the 4th Annual Knuckle Ball: A Pitch for Life, welcomed more than 350 supporters and athletes to honor her father. Read more
Fan Favorites Talk About Baseball
Several members of the 1968 and 1984 Detroit Tigers’ World Series Championship teams will share some remarkable stories Wednesday, June 19, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Read More
Niekro Camp Lets Fans Live Like Pros for a Good Cause
The inaugural Joe Niekro Foundation Fantasy Camp went well enough last year that almost all of its participants are coming back next week. Read more
MLB Legends Gather to Remember Astros Great Joe Niekro
Astros pitching ace, Joe Niekro, hit a knuckleball that was often unhittable. Read more
Natalie Niekro and Baseball in the Blood
An in-depth interview with Natalie Niekro as she discusses her father’s death and what she is doing to bring awareness to brain aneurysms. Read more
The Efforts of The Joe Niekro Foundation
The Joe Niekro Foundation is dedicated to raising funds in order to educate the public and aid in the research of brain aneurysms. Read more
Country Music Superstars Trailer Choir, Chuck Wicks and Keith Anderson to Join in Knuckle Ball 2012 Festivities
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. Read more
Niekro’s Going to Bat for Aneurysm Research
Join The Joe Niekro Foundation and athletes from across the country on April 28th as we come together for the 3rd Annual Knuckle Ball. Read more
In a touching Thanksgiving Day interview, Natalie Niekro speaks about her Father
For me and I am sure millions of other Yankee fans, Thanksgiving is all about family. Read more
Detroit Tigers to Host Brain Aneurysm Awareness Night
On August 15th, the Detroit Tigers will honor one of baseball’s most renowned pitchers and former Detroit Tigers knuckleballer, Joe Niekro. Read more
Baseball Hall of Famer’s Daughter Shares Her Story
Tears well up in Natalie Niekro’s eyes as she speaks about her father, Joe Niekro. Read more
Natalie Niekro to speak at Chamber’s “Salute to Healthcare Luncheon”
President of The Joe Niekro Foundation, Natalie Niekro, will speak on June 21st to the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce. Read more
Joe Niekro Foundation Welcomes Newest Board Member…A Survivor Herself
The Joe Niekro Foundation is proud to welcome Kari Ulrich to the board of directors. Kari a brain aneurysm survivor herself came in contact with the foundation is a peculiar way. Read more
Get Lucky with The Joe Niekro Foundation for Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week
The Joe Niekro Foundation has launched a national initiative called Wanna Get Lucky? in association with Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week March 14-20. Read more
HCA Gulf Coast and The Joe Niekro Foundation “Knuckle Up” to Strike Out Aneurysms
HCA Gulf Coast Division and The Joe Niekro Foundation present The 2nd Annual Knuckle Ball on November 13th at Minute Maid Park. Full Story
Seven K’s for Day One of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week
Day One of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week with The AZ Fall League recorded seven strikeouts from the teams Joe Niekro played for during his 22 year career. Full Story
It’s All About the Strikeouts this Week for the AZ Fall League
For the second straight year, the AZ Fall League has teamed up with Natalie Niekro and The Joe Niekro Foundation for Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week. Read more
Atlanta Braves Honor Joe Niekro – August 16, 2010
Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro joined president of The Joe Niekro Foundation, Natalie Niekro, at Turner Field on August 16th to host Brain Aneurysm Awareness Night. Read the full article here.
Twins to Honor Joe Niekro for Brain Aneurysm Awareness Night – July 27, 2010
On Saturday, July 31, The Minnesota Twins will honor one of baseball’s most renowned pitchers and former Minnesota Twins knuckleballer, Joe Niekro. Read the full article here.
Methodist Hospital Annouces Plans for Foundation Donation – March 2, 2010
The Joe Niekro Foundation is thrilled to announce The Joe Niekro Lectureship and Symposium…Read full story.
The Legacy of Joe Niekro
Natalie Niekro did not know much about brain aneurysms until one claimed the life of her father in 2006. Read full article.
Jimmy Scott;s High & Tight: The Natalie Niekro Interview – Nov. 23, 2009
Imagine you were a little kid and one day you realize your dad is more than just a regular dad, he’s a Major League Baseball Player. Read full article.
The Rest of the Story: The Joe Niekro Foundation and the AZ Fall League – Nov. 13, 2009
“And that’s the rest of the story” was, of course, the famous phrase uttered countless times by the late great, Paul Harvey. Read more
AFL pitchers raise more than $22,000 – Strikeouts aid Niekro Foundation, Aneurysm Awareness – November 6, 2009
Saturday would have been Joe Niekro’s 65th birthday. His daughter, Natalie, couldn’t think of a better way to honor it than by being at the ballpark, spreading the work being done by the foundation in his name. Read the full article here.
Natalie Niekro Takes Message About Aneurysm Awareness to MLB Network – November 6, 2009
On the day that would have been her father’s 65th birthday, Natalie Niekro will honor the memory of her father, former major league baseball star Joe Niekro, by telling a national audience about the importance of awareness about and funding for aneurysm research. Read the full article here.
Joe Niekro Foundation Recognized – October 27, 2009
Monday marked the day that Niekro succumbed to a brain aneurysm. In conjunction with that date, the Arizona Fall Baseball League has proclaimed this week as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week in honor of the Joe Niekro Foundation. Read the full article here.
Strikeouts to benefit Niekro Foundation – October 26, 2009
Every year, teams support various charities with strikeout-induced fundraisers. Typically, a sponsor decides to donate a certain amount of money for every strikeout a certain pitcher rings up. Read the full article here.
Joe Niekro Foundation Throws Its Pitch To Arizona Fall League Fans – October 16, 2009
A little girl’s unconditional love for her father is a heartwarming story that I can hear over and over again without tiring of it. More so, I feel absolutely within the boundaries of creative license to share the story on more than one occasion. Read the full article here.
Arizona Fall League Partners with The Joe Niekro Foundation – October 8, 2009
I am so excited to announce a fabulous partnership and October promotion with The Arizona Fall League. Fate has turned it’s hand once again and great things lie ahead. The week of October 26th is being named Aneurysm Awareness Week, in honor of The Joe Niekro Foundation. Read the full article here.
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