In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, Beacon Health System and the South Bend Cubs are teaming up to Strike Out Stroke during the Friday, May 25, game against the West Michigan Whitecaps. A local stroke survivor will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the start of the 7:35 p.m. game.

Fans at the game can receive a blood pressure check and information about the signs of stroke, the importance of calling 9-1-1 if you suspect a stroke, and ways to reduce your chances of having one. Guests may enter for a chance to win some great prizes, too.

Be sure to stop by and talk to the experts from Beacon’s Stroke Team during the game to learn what you can do to Strike Out Stroke:

Kyle Berry, BSN, RN, CCRN-K
Stroke Program Coordinator, Elkhart General Hospital

Janice Eigsti, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Critical Care Nurse Educator, Elkhart General Hospital

Nicole Iverson, RN, BSN 
Shift Coordinator, PCU, Elkhart General Hospital

Jose Lopez, MD
Medical Director
Neurohospitalist and Stroke Programs, Beacon Health System

Ashley Mullins, BSN, RN
Stroke Coordinator, Memorial Hospital

Karstin Nowak, Memorial Hospital

Nicole Stevens, RN
Stroke Program Coordinator, Memorial Hospital


Spot a stroke – Remember FAST

F — Face drooping
A — Arm weakness
S — Speech difficulty
T — Time to call 9-1-1

5 Stroke Facts
1. Stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
2. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.
3. Fast treatment can reduce the brain damage that stroke can cause.
4. There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. and it is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
5. About one third of stroke patients are between 20 and 64 years old.

Strike Out Stroke 2017 with the South Bend Cubs’ Stu and Swoop