The impact of neurological disorders in the world today is astonishing.
Did you know that 3 times as many people have a neurological disorder as have cancer?
This includes ALS, Alzheimers, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Huntington’s just to mention a few?
Or that 1 in 6 people have a neurological disorder? That’s over 16% of the world’s population.
Hope Happens is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by Chris Hobler after he was diagnosed with ALS in 1999. Chris very quickly realized that not much research was being done on ALS because once diagnosed, people died within a few years… and there was nothing that could be done. In other words, there was no profit motive for money to be spent on research.
Chris understood that there are immense underlying similarities in the brain across neurological disorders. He had a theory that research findings and discoveries could lead to therapies and cures across disorders. This was a huge realization that led to him founding the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, a cutting-edge, collaborative research laboratory.
The Hope Center at Washington University School of Medicine opened on November 1, 2004 with 17 labs. Today there are 123 labs (and growing) and more than 650 researchers focusing on neurodegeneration and repair. The story is pretty incredible, and the impact for individuals with neurological disorders will be astounding.