CTE Hope Events and Press Releases

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Past Events

April 21st, 2017--Gala for Hope, Des Moines, IA

In April, CTE Hope hosted its first annual 'Gala for Hope,' which was our biggest fundraising event of the year. Attendees heard from many phenomenal speakers including Jeff Woody, the former Iowa State football standout and the Co-Founder of Goldfinch Injury Management Systems, Dr. Chris Beckwith, a Chiropractic Neurologist whose work is already greatly improving the symptoms of those who have sustained concussions, Ashely Jobe, an occupational therapist at Childserve, Sarah Hansen, the finance of Tony Hansen, a man who has been working with CTE Hope in managing his early CTE symptoms, and Brenda Easter, Zac's mother. It was an emotional, but powerful night and all of the money raised will go directly to CTE Hope's effort of saving our athletes and making contact sports safer.

September 15, 2016--CTE Forum, West Des Moines, IA

In April CTE Hope hosted its first annual 'Gala for Hope,' which was our biggest fundraising event of the year. Attendees heard from many phenomenal speakers including Jeff Woody, the former Iowa State football standout and the Co-Founder of Goldfinch Injury Management Systems, Dr. Chris Beckwith, a Chiropractic Neurologist whose work is already greatly improving the symptoms of those who have sustained concussions, Ashely Jobe, an occupational therapist at Childserve, Sarah Hansen, the finance of Tony Hansen, a man who has been working with CTE Hope in managing his early CTE symptoms, and Brenda Easter, Zac's mother. It was an emotional and powerful night and all of the money raised is going directly to CTE Hope's effort. Information was shared by two experts, Mike Hadden, professor of sport science and health education at Simpson College and Sue Wilson, a certified holistic health coach and Athletic Trainer that pertains to the diagnosis, management, treatment, and healing necessary to prevent the long-term effects of head trauma, as well as the signs, symptoms and serious nature of CTE. Attendees also heard from Brenda Easter and Ali Epperson, who gave personal accounts of Zac Easter’s struggle with CTE and what it is like living with someone with CTE. Hadden and Wilson also gave a demonstration and updated those in attendance on CTE Hope's first-in-the-nation pilot sideline research project that utilizes an athletes saliva to detect a concussion.

Hadden and Wilson giving a demonstration of our saliva testing study. 

Hadden and Wilson giving a demonstration of our saliva testing study. 

July 17, 2016--CTE Forum, Indianola, IA

This event was CTE Hope’s first forum discussing CTE and concussion related health issues. Attendees heard from Mike Hadden, a professor of sport science and health education, who spoke on the latest concussion and CTE research. Next, Sue Wilson, a certified Holistic Health Coach and Athletic Trainer, who discussed nutritional solutions to a person’s symptoms. Finally, Brenda Easter, Zac Easter’s mom, and Ali Epperson, Zac Easter’s girlfriend, gave personal accounts of Zac’s struggle with CTE and what it is like living with someone with CTE. 

  Mike Hadden                                Sue Wilson                                                 Brenda Easter                                            Ali Epperson

  Mike Hadden                                Sue Wilson                                                 Brenda Easter                                            Ali Epperson