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October 2008 Issue

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Sunflower Revolution V Draws Record Crowd

By Cindy Starr
Published October 2008

The Sunflower Revolution, which supports research at the Neuroscience Institute’s James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, celebrated its fifth annual event Sept. 5–7 with a successful gala, educational symposium and bike ride through Milford and Clermont County.

Some 325 guests kicked off the weekend at the Hyatt Regency downtown, while Saturday’s symposium for patients and caregivers drew a record 561 participants.

Sunday’s rides of 100, 40 and 20 kilometers drew a record 700 cyclists of all ages and abilities. The three-day event is a collaboration among the Neuroscience Institute (TNI) at UC and University Hospital, the University Hospital Foundation and the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Platinum sponsors were Cintas and Great American Insurance. Gala co-chairs were Joseph Broderick, MD, chair of neurology and research director of the Neuroscience Institute, and his wife, Donna.

Davis Phinney, the former Tour de France stage-winner, and John Tew, MD, professor of neurosurgery and clinical director at TNI, presented the Every Victory Counts award to Bob Kohlhepp, vice chairman of Cintas, and his wife, Linda.

Cammy Dierking of WKRC–TV was emcee and presided over the live auction. Wayne Stetina of Mission Viejo, Calif., a three-time Olympian, finished first in the 100K ride with a time of 2:28:28, while Kathy Cunningham of Cincinnati was 23rd overall and the first female finisher in 2:38:41.

David Steward, MD, associate professor of clinical otolaryngology, tied for fourth overall with a time of 2:28.31.

In May, officials announced record proceeds of $442,000 from Sunflower Revolution IV, the 2007 gala and ride.

Not counting this year (totals will be announced at a later date), the Sunflower Revolution and related events have raised $917,000 for Parkinson’s disease research and wellness programs at the Neuroscience Institute. For more information, visit

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