Champions of Hope Donor Recognition


On Tuesday, September 6th, 2017, the Champions of Hope committee hosted an afternoon in the intimate Opera Room at Teatro Ristorante in Calgary. The goal was to introduce donors and recognize significant contributions to the Champions of Hope Research Campaign.



The Campaign has a four year plan to raise $5,000,000 for Parkinson disease research— a move which is unprecedented in Canada, where Parkinson disease research is underfunded but critically needed.



Among the Champions of Hope in attendance were campaign chair, Bob Fisher, committee members Al Schreiner, David Banks, Doug Critchley, and Brian Hein. Mr Hein, of Hein Financial Group, made a generous $50,000 contribution to the Campaign. Parkinson Association of Alberta CEO, John Petryshen, was presented with a cheque for $173,000 for Champions of Hope and spoke of the need for Parkinson disease research in Alberta. Mr Petryshen says, “Champions of Hope demonstrates to people living with Parkinson disease in our province, how serious we are about helping—not only with programs and services, but also by finding new treatments, enhancing care, and ultimately finding the cause of the disease and a cure.” 



Another attendee of note was Hotchkiss Brain Institute Director, Keith Sharkey. 


“Supporting Bright Minds of Today and Tomorrow” is the pillar of Champions of Hope. Champions of Hope aims to promote the care and treatment of Parkinson’s clients and their care partners, enhance clinical research into the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson disease, promote the education of people with Parkinson’s, care partners, families and health professionals, and develop opportunities for study and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Parkinson Association of Alberta wishes to thank all who attended the event. Champions of Hope can reach its goal only with the help of philanthropic donors and volunteers who continue to lend their support. 



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