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Nine-time Grammy-award winning gospel singer is no stranger to the church.  Being a self-proclaimed “church boy”, Franklin grew up in the church and saw first hand how the health in churches around the country needed to change.

That’s one of the reasons the talented artist teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote The Power To End 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,” Kirk said. “It’s time to stand up and do something about the thousands of people who are dying every year from stroke.”

AHA hopes to utilize the Black church’s powerful community influences to make this message hit home for African-Americans. “Stroke is such a devastating disease for our community, and it seems that no one ever talks about it or thinks that it can happen to them,” said Evelyn Young, a stroke survivor and AHA spokesperson.

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