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American Stroke Association to host benefit gospel concert

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SPRINGFIELD -- The American Stroke Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting stroke, will host The Power of Your Voice Aug. 28 at the MassMutual Center. The gospel concert will feature two-time Grammy award winner, Lady Tramaine Hawkins along with The Soft Spoken Prophet and other special guests. Over 2,000 fans, supporters and stroke survivors are expected to attend the concert from all over New England. The overall message of the concert will be that maintaining good health is one of the greatest struggles in life but that obstacles can be overcome to live a healthy life free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. General seating tickets are just $20 in advance of the show and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at all Ticket Master outlets, online at www.ticket-master.com, Ticket Master charge at 800-745-3000, or at the MassMutual Center Box Office. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6 p.m. Lady Tramaine has recorded at least nine solo albums which included her single "Fall Down (Spirit of Love)" which was the first gospel song to reach the number one spot on the dance charts and helped open the door to contemporary rhythms we hear in gospel music today. She has won numerous awards including two Grammy awards, two Dove Awards, and two Communications Excellence to Black Audiences (CEBA) Awards. Lady Tramaine was inducted to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability for all Americans, but African Americans are at increased risk due to high rates of factors such as family history, diabetes and high blood pressure. More than 100,000 African Americans have a stroke every year. The Power To End Stroke is a national campaign that raises awareness about stroke, while embracing the culture, creativity and energy of African Americans. Some things that can be done to reduce the risk of stroke:
  • Eat a balanced, portion controlled diet emphasizing a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, fish, legumes and sources of protein low in saturated fat;
  • Get physically active at least 30 minutes per day, most days of the week;
  • Don't smoke if you smoke, stop.
  • Schedule regular visits with your doctor. Knowing the warning signs and calling 911 and getting to a hospital immediately may help reduce the devastating effects of stroke, because time lost is brain lost. For more information on the Power to End Stroke go to www.powertoendstroke.org or www.americanstroke.org. For more information on The Power of Your Voice Gospel Concert call 413-735-2102.

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