Dr. Bobby Jones spreads word about strokes

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The American Stroke Association teamed up with Dr. Bobby Jones and top gospel artists to help spread songs for life. Jones, a gospel icon, graced Chicago at the Apostolic Church of God last week with the Power to End Stroke Gospel Tour.

The American Stroke Association teamed up with Dr. Bobby Jones and top gospel artists to help spread songs for life. Jones, a gospel icon, graced Chicago at the Apostolic Church of God last week with the Power to End Stroke Gospel Tour. The tour, now in its 10th year, travels to 13 cities promoting a national educational and awareness campaign targeted at African-Americans. In addition to the concert, the tour sponsors a free health fair. “The concert (is) a great chance for our community to learn how to save the life of a friend or family member – or our own,” said Jones.

“Knowledge is power. Learning the risk and the warning signs and how to act quickly when they occur can mean the difference in surviving a stroke and minimizing long-term disability, or being physically and mentally devastated or dying from it,” he explained.

Other guests for the gospel celebration included Dottie Peoples, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and Cosmopolitan Church Choir, The Thompson Community Singers, The Gospel According to Chicago Mass Choir, The Nevel Sisters and the Apostolic Church of God Kenwood Sanctuary Choir.

According to Julia Starzyk, communications director for the American Stroke Association: “African-Americans are twice as likely to have a first time stroke, more than any other ethnic group. We want to spread the message that stroke is not inevitable, but if you change your diet, exercise and stop smoking, it can make a huge difference.”

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