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June 2008 Issue

Davis Phinney and Melody Sawyer Richardson, a Neurosciences Institute board advisor, biked in last yearís fundraising ride.
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Sunflower Revolution IV Nets a Record $440K

By Cindy Starr
Published June 2008

Sunflower Revolution officials recently announced record proceeds of $442,000 from the 2007 gala and bike rideóthe regionís largest fundraiser for Parkinsonís disease research.

Since 2004 the Sunflower Revolution and related events have raised $967,000 for Parkinsonís disease research and wellness programs at the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital.

Numerous Sunflower-funded research projects are in progress at the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinsonís Disease and Movement Disorders, a center of excellence within the Neuroscience Institute.

Sunflower organizers also announced that Joseph Broderick, MD, chair of neurology at UC
and research director of the Neuroscience Institute, and his wife, Donna, will chair the next Sunflower Revolution gala.

Honorary chairs are Bob Kohlhepp, vice chairman of Cintas, and his wife, Linda. Ron Koetters,
chair and CEO of Monarch Construction, will head the Corporate Steering Committee.

Sunflower Revolution V will take place Sept. 5, 6 and 7.

The event is a collaboration involving the University Hospital Foundation, Neuroscience In-

stitute, Mayfield Clinic and Davis Phinney Foundation. It includes:

  • a fundraising gala (Sept. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati)
  • a free educational symposium for patients, families and caregivers (Sept. 6 at the Hyatt)
  • fundraising bike rides of 100K, 40K and 10K (Sept. 7)
  • Gala tickets are $150, $250 and $500 each; ride fees are $80 per cyclist. For more information about the gala, symposium and ride, visit

Researchers funded by Sun-flower Revolution proceeds are currently studying the:

  • potential for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation to help protect brain cells
  • effect of deep brain stimulation on balance and gait
  • impact of depression on the progression of Parkinsonís disease
  • development of Parkinsonís disease years after a toxic exposure
  •  measurement of two aspects of ďbradykinesia,Ē the slowing and constricting of movement and reflexes that are characteristic of Parkinsonís disease. 
The Neuroscience Institute, a regional center of excellence, is dedicated to patient care, research, education and the development of new treatments for stroke, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, traumatic brain and spinal injury, Alzheimerís disease, Parkinsonís disease, disorders of the senses (swallowing, voice, hearing, pain, taste and smell), and psychiatric conditions (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression).

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