Apr 21 2020
Jan 21 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm

Canceled in March - Brain Aneurysm, AVM and Stroke Support Group

Brain and Spine, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

March Support Groups

Like you, we are carefully monitoring news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and locally. As a proactive step, the Neurovascular Center at Rhode Island Hospital is canceling the support group that had been scheduled for March 17, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation for the month of April. Please call 401-793-3922 with any questions.

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 monthly at the Rhode Island Hospital APC Building, 7th Floor, Room 702.  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.

Additional Dates & Times: 
May 19, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
June 16, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
July 21, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
August 18, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
September 15, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
October 20, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
November 17, 2020: 6:00pm–7:30pm
January 19, 2021: 6:00pm–7:30pm