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Arkansas Travelers to Host ‘Strike Out Stroke Night’
Arkansas Travelers to Host ‘Strike Out Stroke Night’

WHAT:           A helicopter will land to deliver baseballs for the first pitches of the Travelers game against the Tulsa Drillers. Stroke education booths will be set up, and brain-shaped stress toys will be thrown into the stands. Stroke survivors will be honored.

The event is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-led AR SAVES (Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) program and hosted by the Arkansas Travelers.

WHO:             Three stroke survivors who were helped through AR SAVES will throw each of the first three pitches — all strike-outs for stroke. Nicolas Bianchi, medical director of AR SAVES, will deliver the ball to them after arriving in the helicopter.

WHEN:           Thursday, May 2, 2013

                        6 p.m. — Gates open.

                        6:50 p.m. — Helicopter lands. The first pitches are thrown.

                        7:10 p.m. — Game begins. 


WHERE:         Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock

WHY:             To increase awareness of stroke and the SAVES program. Arkansas ranks first in the nation in stroke death rates. The program uses a high-speed video communications system to help provide immediate, life-saving treatments to stroke patients 24 hours a day. The real-time video communication enables a stroke neurologist to evaluate whether emergency room physicians should use a powerful blood thinner within the critical 4.5-hour period following the first signs of stroke.