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Fight of Our Life Tour and Grammy Artist Come to Tulsa

Multiple Grammy® Award-Winning Contemporary Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin Brings “Fight of Our Life Health Tour” to Raise Awareness about Stroke


July 16, 2009 – In an effort to increase awareness and educate the African American community about their risk for stroke, Grammy award-winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin has teamed up with The American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke Movement and St. John Stroke Center to bring the “Fight of Our Life Health Concert Tour” to Tulsa at 7:30 pm on July 24 at the Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center. The concert health tour is sponsored locally by St. John Stroke Center.

The theme of the concert health tour is taken from Franklin’s 2007 album “The Fight of My Life” and uses the hit single “Declaration” as the underlying message of the campaign. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability among African Americans in Oklahoma, claiming nearly 800 lives each year. They have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes as compared to whites, and African Americans ages 35-54 years-old have four times the relative risk of stroke.

“Stroke is a serious health issue that is claiming the lives of our loved ones and we’re bringing increased awareness to help stop this devastation in our communities,” says Kirk Franklin. “I have teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke Movement to bring the Fight of Our Life Health Tour. We’ll have concerts in seven cities with the hopes of empowering people and educating them about how to take control of their health,” he continued, adding that, “It’s time to stand up and do something about the thousands of people who are dying every year from stroke.”

Thousands of concert-goers will hear an empowering message through the music and Franklin will personally ask them to take the “pledge” where they will make a declaration to take control of their health, reduce their risk for stroke and learn the warning signs of stroke. While there, attendees will have the opportunity to receive health screenings from St. John Stroke Center, recipes from the association’s Soul Food Healthy Cookbook, as well as other valuable health information intended to help persons modify their lifestyles toward healthier living.

As many social movements within the community have been rooted in the church, Franklin’s partnership with the Power to End Stroke Movement will help people to strive toward having a healthy mind, body and soul. “Stroke is such a devastating disease. We want to arm the community with health information and resources to prevent stroke, and to recognize the warning signs and proper response of calling 9-1-1,” says Anna Wanahita, M.D., co-medical director, St. John Stroke Center. “Partnering with Kirk Franklin will help bolster awareness. He is a talented person who has an amazing way of connecting with people and he embodies the lifestyle of healthy eating and fitness.”

For more information on the Tulsa concert, visit www.fightofourlife.blogspot.com or www.mabeecenter.com.


About Kirk Franklin:
Kirk Franklin is the biggest selling Contemporary Gospel artist in the history of SoundScan, with over 14 million albums sold to date and over 20 #1 singles at Gospel radio. Franklin changed musical history in 1993 with the release of his debut album, KIRK FRANKLIN AND THE FAMILY, the first Gospel album to sell more than one million units. Franklin’s latest CD, THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE, was awarded two 2009 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song for “Help Me Believe.” It follows his previous, RIAA-certified platinum CD, HERO, which remained in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts for close to two years after its release. To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered 7 GRAMMY Awards; an American Music Award; 35 Stellar Awards (gospel); 12 Dove Awards (CCM); 4 NAACP Awards; 2 BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. In March 2009, Franklin resumed hosting the second season of the BET original series, SUNDAY BEST, a nationwide search for the next best gospel artist. 

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s number one and number three killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2007-2008, the association invested more than $724 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org or www.strokeassociation.org.



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