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Hope Happens was founded in 2002 as ALS HOPE by Christopher Hobler and his family after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2001, the same disorder that took the life of his late grandfather, James A. Maritz, Sr., and his cousin, Christopher Rice, of Houston, Texas.

The foundation soon changed its name to Hope Happens to emphasis its focus on all neurological disorders.

In November of 2004, Hope Happens partnered with Washington University to launch the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University in St. Louis, a research center dedicated to speeding the process of translating basic scientific discoveries into therapies and cures. Both partners are convinced that discoveries in one disorder will lead to progress with others.


 Board of Directors

  • Hannah Sayers,  President
    (Marketing Director, Lewis Rice)
  • Josh Reinert, Vice-President
    (Principal, Carmody MacDonald P.C.)
  • Lincoln Gray, (Partner, Brown Smith Wallace)
  • T. William Hizar, Principal, Edward Jones
  • Christopher Imming, Treasurer
    (Regional President, Midwest BankCentre)
  • Hilary Murphy
    (Consultant, Isagenix)
  • Leigh Hobler Gerard
    (Counselor, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute)
  • Cary Schneithorst Reed
    (Community philanthropic supporter, Board Member at COCA, Owner Schneithorst’s Interiors)
  • Glen Stettin, M.D.
    (SVP, Clinical, Research & New Solutions, Express Scripts)
  • Colby Schmid, (Senior VP of Commercial Banking Citizens National Bank)
  • Abigail Miller (Gladitood)
  • Jennifer Everly (President, Everly Accounting)
  • Julie Lynch, Communications Officer

Hope Happens News

Holtzman Awarded Watanabe Prize

David Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research from the Indiana Clinical and...

Hope Happens Trivia Night

Full house on October 5th at the J! 🎉 Thank you to all Trivia Night attendees, sponsors, and volunteers. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this inaugural event a great success, and offer a special thank you to Friends of Hope Happens! Together we raised more...