Downtown Dash Dollars Bring the MEGA Brain World Premiere to Glendale
Thanks to funds raised by the 3rd annual Glendale Downtown Dash participants and sponsors, Glendale Adventist Medical Center was able to host the world premiere of the interactive MEGA Brain exhibit. An estimated one thousand people from the community and an additional 900 students from the Glendale Unified School District and local Adventist schools were on-hand to witness the exhibit.
The MEGA Brain is an inflatable, walk-through model of the human brain that provides visitors with a close-up view of brain functions and damage caused by stroke, brain trauma, tumors, meningitis, and other diseases. "Since my concussion, I have been very interested in how the brain works and how it responds to certain treatments, like chemotherapy," said Myli Venegas, who attended the Oak Society Food for Thought event also tied to the exhibit. "This is very cool."
In addition, The Oak Society at GAMC hosted a dinner open to the public that included presentations by Lance Lee, MD, Medical Director of the stroke program at GAMC, and Ian B. Ross, MD.
Special thanks to our community partners at The Americana at Brand, for being the host site for the exhibit on Sunday, May 23rd. Following the Sunday event, GAMC moved the exhibit to its Main Auditorium for local students on May 24th and 25th.
The 4th annual Glendale Downtown Dash is scheduled for March 13th, 2011.
Dash Funds Provide Stroke Medication Management and Education Clinic
Because of the success of the 3rd annual Glendale Downtown Dash, the Neuroscience Institute at Glendale Adventist Medical Center has created the first Stroke Medication Management and Education Clinic of its kind for the community to help stroke patients optimize the effectiveness of their medications.
The program includes: A free, 1-hour consultation with a glendale Adventist Clinical Pharmacist, answers to medication/prescriptio questions, discussion about adjustments to medication dosage (if necessary), and guidance regarding post-stroke rehabilitation. In addition, Armenian and Spanish speaking pharmacists have been made available if requested.
Dash Dollars Sponsor Inaugural A.C.E. Awards
Funds raised by the 2010 Glendale Downtown Dash were used to sponsor the Glendale Character and Ethics Project's inaugural Athletes with Character and Ethics Awards. Fourteen awards were presented in a variety of categories including: High School Athlete of the Year (male and female), Scholastic Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Male and Femal Team of the Year based on athletic skill, Sportsmanship, Attitude, Citizenship and Leadership, High School Support Group (rally squad, band, pep club, etc.) of the Year, Coaches of the Year (high school and college), and a Community Organization Award.
The Glendale Character and Ethics Project is a community-wide effort emphasizing basic, non-partisan ethical values through various programs with schools, youth organizations, businesses and civic and religious groups. Character and Ethics Project embraces character-building and ethical behavior as a way of life. It grows from the conviction that each of us can strive to be a better person. Individual self-improvement produces a better community where everybody benefits.
Dash Funds Help Bring NYT Best Seller and World Renowned Speaker To Glendale For Evening Presentation at Alex Theatre!
The purpose of the Glendale Downtown Dash is to aid Glendale Adventist Medical Center in providing stroke services for the community. One of the many ways this is done is through education. Thanks to the participants and sponsors of the 2008 Glendale Downtown Dash, GAMC was able to bring New York Times best selling author, former Harvard Medical School scientist and stroke survivor Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor to Glendale for a special speaking engagement.
Before presenting in Glendale to a full audience at the Alex Theatre in May of 2008, Dr. Taylor was interviewed by Oprah about her stroke at age 37 and chosen as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008. A self-proclaimed "stroke triumphant", Dr. Taylor's story educated and inspired hundreds of people who attended the presentation.
Thanks to the Downtown Glendale Merchants Association and Glendale Adventist Medical Center for organizing the Glendale Downtown Dash for stroke services in the community.