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National and Local Leaders Honored for Bringing Stroke Awareness to African Americans at the 2010 Power Awards Concert - Friday, May 7

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 General News J E 4
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May, American Stroke Month

Who: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100222/AHSALOGO)

What: Power Awards Concert and Red Carpet Event to honor national and local leaders from across the country for raising the bar in promoting stroke awareness to African-Americans. Hosted by Comedian George Willborn; performances by Gospel Artists, Myron Butler, Smokie Norful, Kevin Levar, Melinda Watts, James Andrews and New Seasons choir and Zion Movement Choir; Jazz Artists Cassandra Wilson, Alfonzo Blackwell and special appearances by Actor Hill Harper, National Football Players Mother's Association Members, Gwendolyn Jenkins mother of Malcolm Jenkins with the New Orleans Saints; Cynthia Smith, mother of Shaun Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals; Marilyn Boley-Pointer mother of Michael Boley with New York Giants; Michael Boley; former NBA player Spud Webb and Patricia Butts, Abyssinian Baptist Church, and others.

When: Friday, May 7

7 p.m. Red Carpet Event

8 p.m. Power Awards Concert

Where: The Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street

Between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd & Frederick Douglass Blvd.

(also known as 7th Avenue & 8th Avenue)

New York, New York 10027

Why: African Americans have almost twice the risk of stroke compared to Caucasians. Blacks 34 to 54 years old have four times the relative risk for stroke. More than 100,000 African Americans have a stroke every year, largely due to risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, family history and previous stroke or heart attack. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. By joining Power To End Stroke, the association's cause campaign that is reaching African Americans with stroke information and tools, African Americans realize that they are the power to end stroke and their passion for the cause helps countless others reduce their risk of stroke and live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit powertoendstroke.org or call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE.

Honorees: Legacy Award Winner (Highest Honor of the Evening)

Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin

National Award Winners

Lexi Allen, host One on One with Lexi, the Word Network

Juaquin Hawkins, former NBA player and stroke survivor

Shannon Nash, attorney, CPA and author

Gospel Artist Dottie Peoples

Doylce Trigg, marketing manager, American Airlines

Seventeen Local Award Winners from American Heart Association affiliates across the country.

Power To End Stroke is nationally sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership. The 2010 Power Awards Concert will be nationally televised on the Word Network.

Media Note: Media may begin setting-up on the red carpet at 6:45 p.m. (EST). Media credentials must be shown to enter the Apollo Theater and all media must enter from the 126th Street entrance.

CONTACT:

Toiya Honore

(214) 706-1456 (office)

(469) 774-8785 (mobile)

Toiya.honore@heart.org

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- May 3/

SOURCE American Heart Association
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