CTE Hope Events and Press Releases

Future Events

Friday April 21st, 2017--Gala for Hope

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CTE Hope is hosting a fundraising Gala on Friday April 21st, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The Gala will include a silent auction, live music, delicious dinner and socializing, and presentations from organizations like the Concussion Legacy Foundation, as well as a message from Brenda Easter and others. Mark Tauscheck of KCCI will be our MC for the evening. It will be an important night and a night to remember. 

Online bidding for the silent auction will begin on April 10th and if you are unable to attend the Gala, you may still participate in the auction!

The Gala for Hope will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Des Moines, IA. Tickets are $65 a person or $650 for a table of 10.

For those traveling from out of town, rooms can be reserved at the Holiday Inn for a discounted price of $109 a night. We have a block of rooms under CTE Hope, so call 800-248-4013 to reserve a room.

Ticket reservations are on a first come basis so don't wait to register! If you are 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 more information, contact the CTE Hope team.


Past Events

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

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