Friday, January 24, 2020

Friends of Hope’s Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show to Benefit Hope Hospice


The annual Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned for Monday, March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The event will feature a fun day of boutique shopping, raffle prizes, and a fashion show presented by Kathryn’s Collection to benefit Hope Hospice and Rainbow Trails Camp.

Shopping begins at 10:30 a.m. with a collection of silk scarves, leather handbags, fine jewelry, pottery, glasswork, and accessories.

Special Girlfriends Tables are available for 10 guests and include two bottles of wine, signage, and recognition for $1,350. Individual tickets for the event are $100 each.

To purchase tickets, Girlfriends Tables, or to make a donation in support of the event, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/Lunch2020.

The 2020 Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned by Chair Etta Smith and Co-chair Heather Clegg, with committee members Billie Jans, Ellen LaFazia, Claire McMahon, Nancy Near, Jean Paradis, Reggie Polsenberg, Donna Roberts, Patt Suwyn, Adele Waddell, Sylvia Weiss, Carol Wood, and Signe Wynne.

See photos from last year's event!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Volunteers Needed: Annual Rainbow Trails Camp

Hope is seeking volunteers for their annual Rainbow Trails camp designed for children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year.

 Scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers. Adults age 18 and over are invited to apply to volunteer in a number of roles, including chaperones, pre- and post-camp registration and reception, first-aid nurses, kitchen staff, buddies, room monitors, and safety and security. Some roles require two overnight stays at the LaBelle campsite; others do not.

All camp volunteers must attend an orientation session prior to camp. The application deadline is Friday, February 21. Visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/rtcvol to apply online.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2020


In 2020, Hope Parkinson Program celebrates ten years of support provided to nearly 4,000 engaged members of our local Parkinson’s community.

Throughout the past decade, Hope has built a robust Parkinson Program offering conferences and symposia with renowned Parkinson’s experts and motivational speakers, educational events with community partners, professionally-led support groups and workshops, movement classes - from tai chi and dancing to water aerobics, and friendship-fostering events like the annual sunset cruise and holiday ice cream social. The program also offers a Young Onset Parkinson’s Dinner to connect those seeking support after an early Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The Hope Parkinson Program recently launched a new mobile-friendly website that makes it easy to sign up for events like the annual Symposium. The program’s quarterly newsletter provides its growing membership with information, resources, and inspiration.

“The Hope Parkinson program educates and empowers our members – many of whom are care partners – and provides opportunities to connect with one another,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Our participants share their successes and learn from each other’s experiences. Within our caring community, our goal is to make the road less lonely. As we navigate the Parkinson’s journey together, our members find comfort in knowing they are not alone.”

Miriam Dieppa, a Hope Parkinson Program member since 2015, shared, “Hope has improved my quality of life and helped me meet other great people in my community with Parkinson’s.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program’s Annual Symposium: Education, Empowerment & Energy

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, care partners and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education, empowerment, and energy at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on Friday, Feb. 7 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration fees of $20 per person includes beverages, a deluxe lunch buffet, and dessert.

Dr. Julie Schwartzbard
An optional pre-event lecture at 10 a.m. by movement disorder specialist Dr. Julie Schwartzbard will present “Recognizing Off Periods in Parkinson’s and the Role of a Unique Treatment Option.”

Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN
The Symposium begins at 11 a.m. with award-winning speaker and humor therapist Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN discussing “The Positive Power of Humor, Hope, and Healing.”

Nikolaus McFarland, MD, PhD
The featured speaker is Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D., a movement specialist at University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Chief, Movement Disorder Division, Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. McFarland will present “What’s New in Medical Care, Research and Treatments for PD.”

Pete and Kelly Gaylord
The event concludes with “Care Partner Communication Tips and Tricks” with Pete and Kelly Gaylord.

Symposium exhibitors include FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, and US WorldMeds. The pre-symposium lecture Presenting Sponsor is ACORDA Therapeutics. Supporting sponsors include Abbott, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, and Personal Training by Jeri Ann.