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PND coach recounts experience, urges others to recognize signs of stroke

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PEORIA (WEEK) – A high school basketball coach is using a recent medical scare as a teaching moment.

Layne Langholf coaches Peoria’s Notre Dame’s girl’s basketball team.

He told a crowded gym about what happened on October 25, 2018 – the day he suffered a stroke.

When he recovered, he realized he didn’t know the signs.

“I didn’t realize I was having a stroke,” he said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

“I knew it was sudden and violent but my reaction was ‘I need to go home and lie down,’ and that’s what the United Stroke Alliance is trying to get away from.”

Now, an entire gym full of pink t-shirts is behind him.

Tonight was the first Knockout Stroke night at Notre Dame.

More than 20 organizations donated money or items for raffles and auctions.

That money will go to the United Stroke Alliance.

If you or someone you know experiences sudden numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, trouble walking or a severe headache, call 911 immediately.

Jason Howell

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