3rd Annual Strike Out Stroke Day

By Paul Strater

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 10:58 PM CDT

Strokes are the number one cause of adult disability, and the number three killer of adults behind heart disease and cancer.

To help people understand strokes and their warning signs, it was "Strike out Stroke" day on Sunday in Peoria.

Stroke survivors joined the players at the Chiefs game today at O'Brien Field.

A 20 foot long "mega brain" was on display for people to walk through and understand what strokes are and why they happen.

OSF St. Francis Life Flight landed in center field before the game carrying the winner of a poster contest who threw out the first pitch.

Every 43 seconds in this country, someone has a stroke.

There are many warning signs to watch out for.

"The warning signs, you can have facial droop, slurred speech, weakness, visual disturbance, loss of balance or coordination, confusion, all of those can be warning signs for stroke," said Nathan Bryant, a registered nurse and Clinical Educator at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

John Nunley of Peoria was in attendance and recalled the moment his stroke hit ten years ago. He was hanging a television on the wall of his home when something went wrong.

"Almost ready to tighten it up, and I just dropped. And when I felt that, I wanted to get up. I guess I'm unable to talk at all, but I know that I was, something not right," said Nunley.

A piece of your brain the size of a pea will die in only 12 minutes when blood flow is lost.

Getting to medical help immediately is critical to surviving a stroke.

If you experience any of the symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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