CTE Hope Events and Press Releases

Upcoming Events

April 6th, 2018--Gala for Hope, Des Moines, IA

CTE Hope is hosting its second annual Gala for Hope on April 6th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Des Moines, IA. Come for an evening of socializing, live music and dancing, silent and live auction bidding, and to hear about the steps CTE Hope has taken this year to protect our athletes. Tickets are on sale now and tables will fill up fast, so reserve your spot soon! Last year's gala was a tremendous success and this year promises to be even better.

Semi-formal attire requested. 

$65 per person or $650 for a table of 10. If you're attending with a group, feel free to use the comment box when registering to indicate who you would like seated at the same table.

For those traveling from out of town, rooms, can be reserved at the Holiday Inn (515-287-2400) or the Hampton Inn (515-287-7300) for a discounted price. Just mention CTE Hope's room block when you call and please reserve before March 23rd!

Check out our formal invitation for more information and to find out how you can be an official Gala for Hope sponsor!

Register here

March 1st and 2nd, 2018--26th Annual Best Practices in Brain Injury Services and Support, West Des Moines, IA

CTE Hope's Sue Wilson and Mike Hadden will be speaking at the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa's Conference this year speaking on the importance of the brain-gut axis. "There is no valid reason to discuss the human brain and concussion rehabilitation unless we understand the invaluable connection between the brain and gut. According to Emeran Mayer, Director of the UCLA Center for Neuro-Viscernal Sciences and WOman's Health and UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, 'The Nervous System actually started out in the gut.' The brain-gut axis (BGS) will be discussed in terms of the critical connection it has in sports-related concussion recovery (SRC)."

Past Events

January 30th, 2018--CTE Awareness Day, Iowa

On the morning of Tuesday January 30th, 2018 the Iowa legislature officially introduced CTE Hope's resolution acknowledging January 30th as CTE Awareness Day. Several other states, including California, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, also introduced resolutions or bills to recognize CTE Awareness Day. This is just one more step in educating the public about the dangers of head trauma and CTE and to spread Zac's story and the stories of so many others who have lost their lives to this mind-robbing disease.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this possible and a special thanks to Iowa Rep. Scott Ourth and Sen. Julian Garrett.

To learn about these CTE Hope supporters' connection to our cause, check out our 'supporters' album on the CTE Hope Facebook page.

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

In April, CTE Hope hosted its first annual 'Gala for Hope,' raising roughly $38,000, an outstanding amount. 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