"Strike out Stroke" aims to spread awareness at the ballpark

By Chad Weber

May 23, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Thursday night at the Ballpark, they were aiming to strike out more than just the visiting opponent across the plate.

It was "Strike out Stroke" night at Dozer Park.

With the help of the "MEGA" brain, the event travels to different ball parks to spread awareness about stroke, its risk factors, and symptoms.

Organizer Jan Jahnel says it is important not just for those of old age to be informed about strokes, but those of all ages.

"Targeting youth is very important," said Jahnel. "A lot of times they are the ones that are with their parents or their grandparents, and they see things. And it is important for them to know what the signs and symptoms are, how to do a fast exam, and what to do if those things are positive, and how important it is to call 911."

Also as part of the event, 5th grader DJ Rodgers was flown in by the OSF life flight helicopter to deliver the first pitch.

DJ was the winner of a stroke poster contest that was participated in by more than 30 classes locally.

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