Hitting the links for stroke awareness

By WEEK Producer

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- There are over 4 million stroke survivors in the United States, and here in the heart of Illinois, one couple is working to increase that number by educating the community.

Pat and Dawn Robinson hosted the 2nd annual, Tee Up For Stroke Awareness fundraiser, on Friday.

Dawn had a massive stroke in 2008, and today, she and her husband are advocates for stroke awareness.

Medical experts said education, prevention, and recognition are the greatest tools to battle a stroke, as time is crucial.

"Timing for a stroke is brain cells. 1.9 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. So for every minute that you waste your brain cells are dying and you will never get those back," said Jane Jahnell, Stroke Nurse Coordinator, INI.

Experts say at the first sign of a stroke, seek immediate medical attention.

The Tee Up for Stroke Awareness game brought in 96 golfers and raised about $10,000, which will be donated to charity.

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