Friday, January 29, 2016

Rainbow Trails Camp Reunion: Healing hearts of grieving children

At Hope's Rainbow Trails Camp reunion, 18 children reconnected with their counselors and fellow campers for a night of camp slide shows, refreshments and games. During the event, parents and guardians participated in a support group to further their healing.

The reunion is held three months after the annual Rainbow Trails Camp – an October weekend filled with recreation, crafts, swimming and singing, along with activities to help children better understand the grieving process and learn skills to cope with loss.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Register for Annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on February 12, 2016

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of inspiration and education at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium Friday, Feb. 12, at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Featured speaker John Baumann JD, BBA, is a critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized speaker who was diagnosed with PD in his late 30s. Baumann, a successful attorney, was a member of the University of Louisville faculty and a semi-professional softball player before Parkinson’s disease forced him to give up the activities he thought defined him as a person. Baumann’s message about inner strength applies to all – no matter the challenge or adversity.

Baumann is the author of “Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet: Twelve Action Steps to Achieve the Success You Truly Desire.” He also is a contributing author of “Roadmap to Success,” along with Stephen Covey, Dr. Ken Blanchard and Deepak Chopra.

The symposium’s featured keynote speaker is Dr. Kelly Foote, who founded and co-directs the world-renowned University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration with his neurologist partner, Dr. Michael Okun.

Dr. Foote’s presentation, “What is the role of surgery in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease in 2016?” is rooted in his current research on novel applications of deep brain stimulation technology. His National Institutes of Health-sponsored research includes projects applying and optimizing DBS therapy for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, severe tremor secondary to multiple sclerosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.

Dr. Amanda Avila, medical director for the Hope Parkinson Program and movement disorder specialist with Florida Neurology Group, will discuss “Managing PD: Tips for Today and Trends for Tomorrow.” Dr. Avila completed her fellowship with the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

Symposium check-in begins at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St. A $25 registration fee includes a light breakfast and valet parking.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 4 and can be completed online at or by calling 239-985-7727.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sanctuary Tennis Tournament for Hope raises $12,000

The Sanctuary Golf Club was the title sponsor to the 13th annual Hope Hospice Tennis Tournament in November, which produced more than $12,000 for Hope Hospice - totaling more than $130,000 over the years.

The event featured special guest, Nick Bollettieri. He and an IMG pro taught clinics for more than five hours offering personalized instruction to participants. Bollettieri also donated his book with a personal message for each. This event is one of the signature charity events at The Sanctuary Golf Club, and they have been the venue and title sponsor for 12 years.

This year's Green Group Champion is Fran Blakely; Finalist is Jean DeWalt; and Semi-Finalists are Diane Griffin and Laurie Long. The Blue Group Champion is Ken Monahan; Finalist is Pam Monahan and the Semi-Finalists are Sheri Coleman and Leonard Thatch. The Red Group Champion is Mark Andrews; Finalist is Alex Blagojevic; and Semi-Finalists are Andrew Heuerman and Brandon Nash.

"Thank you to all the sponsors. In addition, thank you to all those competitors who participated in making the event so successful and a special thank you to our extraordinary guest, Nick Bollettieri. This was a fantastic event," said Christie Bradley, director of Tennis & Fitness at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

"Christie does a fantastic job organizing and arranging the Hope Hospice Tennis Tournament. It has become more popular each year between island friends, neighbors, and members. It was a treat for everyone to meet and participate in a clinic with Nick Bollettieri. The Sanctuary Golf Club Members are proud to sponsor Hope Hospice", said Ken Kouril, General Manager, COO of The Sanctuary Golf Club.