Jan 19 2021
Jan 21 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm

Brain Aneurysm, AVM and Stroke Support Group

Brain and Spine, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

The Neurovascular Center at Rhode Island Hospital has teamed up with the Joe Niekro Foundation to form a support group for patients and family members affected by a brain aneurysm, AVM or hemorrhagic stroke. The group will meet monthly to come together to share stories, offer helpful resources and assist with ongoing support for survivors and their families.  

The Joe Niekro Foundation (JNF) was established in 2007 and is the “brain child” of Natalie Niekro (daughter of Joe). Joe Niekro was a 22-year veteran of professional baseball who suddenly lost his life because of a brain aneurysm in October 2006. The astonishing lack of public awareness and under-support of research led to the launch of a crusade to educate and encourage awareness about brain aneurysms and other cerebral disorders.

The Rhode Island Chapter of the JNF support group meets virtually every month on Zoom. Patients, family members and caregivers are welcome. The group's goal is to bridge the gap, encourage collaboration and to facilitate comprehensive support program for survivors and their families.  

Meetings will be monthly on every third Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Group discussions will be led by Marcia Liss, PhD, clinical psychologist and Marie Kelley, RN, clinical nurse manager, Interventional Radiology.

For more information please contact Ann Wilks at 401-606-2645 or email awilks@lifespan.org.