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It's a Brain Thing...It Could Happen to You

Join JNF Representatives Kimberly Chapman and Rex Hardin the first Monday of each month for our special radio show dedicated to help survivors, caregivers and families to overcome their tragedies and focus on the future ahead.

August 5th  - Moving Through the Grieving Process
September 2th  - Honoring Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month
October 8th  - Recovery after a Brain Aneurysm
November 5th  - Genetic Risks of Brain Aneurysms
February 3, 2014 - After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), many couples find that their relationship with each other changes dramatically. These changes are very personal and can be very emotional for both people in the relationship.  A brain injury can significantly change a couple's relationship.  Join Rex and Robin as they discuss some of the issues that surfaced during their marriage. Listen in to hear the tips they gave on making a marriage work while one of the partners is a brain injured patient.
February 25, 2014 - Rex and Robin discuss various aspects of the role changes within the family after a brain injury.
March 25, 2014 - I'm a caregiver...NOW WHAT??? What resources are available to help me going forward?  Listen as Rex and Robin share their experience and comfort others.

 

Natalie Niekro Speaks to The Locker Room on KLAV

P.C.P. welcomed Natalie Niekro to The Locker Room. Natalie spoke of the"JOE NIEKRO FOUNDATION", named after her father, who was a former MLB pitcher and died suddenly of an aneurysm in October of 2006.  Click here

JNF Speaks on The Brain Injury Radio Network

JNF Support Group Coordinator, Kimberly Chapman speaks about the importance of support and recory.  Listen to Kim's compelling story and her  participation in the Joe Niekro Foundation.  Click here

Natalie Niekro Speaks to Matt Thomas on 790 KBME about Niekro's Induction into the Walk of Fame

On August 17th, 2012, Natalie will be accepting her father's much deserved star on the Astros Walk of Fame at Minute Maid Park.  Click here to listen to Natalie's interview about the importance of this special day.

Natalie Niekro Speaking on The Talk of NY Sports

Host of the show, Bill Donahue, interviews Natalie on Father's Day, 2012 as she reminisces her childhood and speaks about The Joe Niekro Foundation.  Click here

93Q Radio in Houston Speaks to Keith Anderson about First Pitch Friday

Country Music Artist, Keith Anderson speaks about the charity benefit for The Joe Niekro Foundation.  Listen to Keith's interview here.

Natalie speaks with Detroit Tiger Announcer, Jim Price during Brain Aneurysm Awareness Night at Comerica Park

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Natalie Niekro speaks with CBS Radio on the Current Events of the foundation

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Natalie Niekro Speaks with Dr. Evelyn Richardson - The Doctor's Radio Show - April 4, 2011

President of The Joe Niekro Foundation, Natalie Niekro, speaks on the silent killer that affect 1 in 15 Americans. Live Interview

A Touching Interview on The Joe Niekro Foundation - October 26th, 2009

On the eve of the three year anniversary of her father's death, Natalie speaks about her childhood as the daughter of a professional baseball player and what she is doing today to keep her father's legacy alive.  Click here to listen.

Joe's Legacy Lives On Through His Children - February 12th, 2009

Natalie and Lance Niekro speak with WLKF personality, Ronnie O. about their father and the life lessons he taught them.  Click here for the interview.

Natalie speaks with 790AM Sports in Houston about The Knuckle Ball - July 21, 2008

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Natalie speaks with 730AM Personality, Johnny "Ballpark" Franks about The Joe Niekro Foundation - July 21, 2008

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Press Releases and Articles

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


Former Detroit Tiger Dave Bergman Raises Aneurysm Awareness

It's been a rough road recently for Dave Bergman, but heath-wise, he says he's headed in the right direction.  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

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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.

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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


Legacy of Joe Niekro Remembered

Joe Niekro was an All-Star who played 13 years with the Houston Astros and known for his dangerous knuckleball.  After Niekro died from a cerebral brain aneurysm on October 27, 2006, his daughter Natalie established The Joe Niekro Foundation.  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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Joe Niekro: Daddy's Little Girl Knuckles Up for Aneurysm Research - August 13, 2009

It's funny how life sometimes brings you down a path you didn't plan to walk down. You welcome its existence and take the first step with a slight sense of trepidation.
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Astros honor one of their own and raise funds for aneurysm research - August 6, 2009

Memories of the Astros' most winning pitcher, the late Joe Niekro, filled Minute Maid Park during an upbeat evening that raised $400,000 for the Methodist Neurological Institute. Read the full article


The Knuckle Ball: It's Now A Pitch for Life Over Sudden Death - July 3, 2009

When seven year old Natalie Niekro wrote this beautiful and sweet little poem a few years ago, she had no idea of the shock, sadness, and grief that would years later strike her hard beyond belief on an ordinary day in the future.
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Hall of Famer Phil Niekro remembers his brother Joe - July 2, 2009

Nothing in baseball can be as unpredictable as the knuckleball, a crazy corkscrew of a pitch that befuddles hitters and catchers alike.
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Astros Buddies for Life - June 3, 2009

I've worked in baseball for years, met many baseball greats, some wildly famous and some who are Hall-of Famers.  Read More 


Xavier Smith speaks with Natalie Niekro - March 2, 2009

Xavier Smith speaks with Natalie Niekro about what she has to say and how you can get involved with her wonderful organization. Read the full article here


Astros Honor the Past While they Impact the Future

On Sept. 22, fans have the opportunity to play golf with former Astros legends at Wildcat Golf Club.  Read More


Houston Astros, Joe Niekro Foundation Going to Bat for Aneurysm Research - Sept. 2, 2008

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.  Read full article 


Niekro-inspired foundation aids aneurysm research - July 29, 2008

On Oct. 27, 2006 former major-league pitcher Joe Niekro had a headache after getting a tuxedo fitted for his daughter Natalie's wedding. "'He just said, 'Wow this is the worst headache I've ever had,' " said Natalie Niekro of Scottsdale. Read the full article here


Houston Medical Journal - July 2008

Chances are that many people have had the misfortune of experiencing a headache at some point in their life. Typically, relief is found within hours through the use of medication.
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The Black Chair: Niekro and The Knuckle Ball

When Natalie Niekro was a little girl, she often accompanied her dad to work, where she played with the kids of his coworkers in the world’s biggest playground. With the crunch of turf under their feet, they played in the cavernous Houston Astrodome while their fathers worked nearby.
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Joe Niekro Foundation plans first fundraiser - June 21, 2008

Oct. 27, 2006, was supposed to be a happy day for Natalie Niekro and her family. She was in the midst of planning her upcoming wedding, and her father, former major league pitcher Joe Niekro, was having his tuxedo fitted for the occasion.
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Niekros and the Knuckle Ball: Going to Bat for Aneurysm Research

When Natalie Niekro was a little girl, she often accompanied her dad to work, where she played with the kids of his co-workers in the world’s biggest playground. With the crunch of turf under their feet, they played in the cavernous Houston Astrodome while their fathers worked nearby.
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