DENVER, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), a research discovery and specialized neuro care non-profit, hosts the "Spotlight on Hope" Gala. CNI with presenting sponsor, Radiology Imaging Associates, a leader in diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology, are holding the inaugural gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver on Friday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m.
"Spotlight on Hope" is a public outreach to elevate understanding about brain cancer, attacks (strokes and aneurysms) and neurological disorders and to raise funds for research discovery and specialized neurological care.
Clinical trials and investigative research, facilitated by the Colorado Neurological Institute and their 70+ physician and research associates, provide advancements to enable new treatments to restore function and quality of life for neurological patients.
CNI's Vollbracht NeuroHealth Center delivers neuro specific therapies: physical, occupational and speech that optimize neural function; compensatory strategies to overcome deficits, such as walking devices for mobility; driving assessment; counseling; chronic disease management programs; and support groups.
Brain failure is not well understood by the public. Clear communication about traumatic and neurological conditions, in which the brain, spinal cord and nerves dysfunction are critical to aid in comprehending subtleties and progressions of symptoms. "Spotlight on Hope" opens this window into neurological disorders with short documentaries on brain cancer, stroke and aneurysm and Parkinson's.
"Spotlight on Hope" highlights five Hope Award honorees for neuroscience discovery and treatment or courage in the face of neurological challenges. Two awards recognize research leading to treatment and collaborative medical support: Dr. Allen Bowling, Neuroscientist of the Year for evidence-based complementary, alternative and traditional treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, and Swedish Medical Center, Community Champion, one of the nation's top community hospitals with extensive neurological services and stroke response teams.
Three of the Hope Awards are dedicated to neuro patients who demonstrated courage facing their neurological conditions, inspiring and giving hope to others. Mandy Banks is a first-time mother who at 28-years old suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while 8- months pregnant, nearly dying. She regained her life through responsive medical care and functional therapy, and together with husband, Matt, Mandy raised $50,000 for the American Heart Association. Rick Schwartz, former Fox Sports Network News Director diagnosed with Parkinson's, is a past Board President and current Board Member of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, and founder of Power Punch Parkinson's, a non-contact boxing program to help Parkinson's patients stay mobile.
"Anything Can Happen" Child Hope Award recipient, 7-year old Charlotte Varney battled brain cancer thorough numerous tumor surgeries, chemotherapy and ongoing MRI scans to test the cerebellum, and now is in remission.
To learn more: http://www.thecni.org/cni-gala/
About the Colorado Neurological Institute
With a 28-year history and multidisciplinary collaboration between neurologists, neuroscientists, researchers and allied health professionals, the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) is a leader in Neuroscience Advancement. CNI is the creation of neurologists and neuroscientists to transform neurological care through research discovery and measured outcomes. Home to a nationally recognized clinic for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and a Center of Excellence for Huntington's Disease, the Vollbracht NeuroHealth Center offers clinics, adjunctive rehab, counseling, care coordination, and educational classes for neuro patients. The Institute is renowned in the Western-Rocky Mountain 10-state region for specialized neuro care: functional and restorative therapies, neuro optimized rehabilitation, compensatory cognitive and behavioral strategies, clinical trials and pilot research.
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