The “Red Ball” to benefit education to stop strokes or “Brain Attacks” in the Valley will be held on Saturday evening, April 26-27 2019 at the Venezzia The Venue,  located next to the Brownsville Events Center at Five Event Center Drive in Brownsville. 

The black-tie event will be an elegant evening featuring  a short program about what have been done in the past five years , featuring Valley residents who have survived a stroke. In addition, there will auction items, great food and beverages and musical entertainment provided by the Chicago live band. 

“For the fifth year in a row, Cameron County cities are joining forces together with the Stroke Reseach & Education Foundation for a united local effort to fight stroke,”, Valley Baptist Harlingen Medical Center, which is serving as presenting sponsor for the charity event. “Sponsorship and support of this event will be used locally to help stop stroke … this is an opportunity for Valley residents, medical professionals, and the business community to come together, to help make stroke preventable, treatable and beatable, right here at home.”

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease which affects the arteries leading to the brain and the arteries within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, and that part of the brain starts to die.

Each year in the United States, more than 795,000 people suffer a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States – and a leading cause of disability. In the Valley, many residents are at risk of stroke because of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Proceeds from the “Red Ball” event to stop stroke will benefit local educational efforts of the Stroke Research and Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit. 

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