The 101st St. Luke's Charity Ball, “An Evening in Wonderland,” is dedicated to making tremendous strides in the care of the patients in our community who suffer from neurologic conditions and to bringing hope and much needed support to their families and caregivers. Fundraising efforts will advance important medical interventions, resulting in better and safer treatments while cures are sought and will help to ease the burden faced by families caring for a loved one with a neurologic condition through comprehensive caregiver support programs.
St. Luke's Center for Neuroscience
The St. Luke's Center for Neuroscience is the region's leading provider of care for conditions of the nervous system- ranging from spinal disorders and brain tumors to stroke and sleep disorders. The Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team of physician specialists, many of whom have advanced fellowship training in their field, along with nurses and other caregivers to provide patients with expert evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Patient and family education and support are an integral component of the work the team performs and care plans are carefully tailored to meet individual patient needs. The Center continues to push the frontiers of medicine forward through its participation in national clinical research trials and leading-edge medical and surgical treatments.
St. Luke's neurosurgeon Steven Falowski, MD, was the first physician in our region to perform deep brain stimulation surgery for a patient with Parkinson's disease and the first in the region and second in the country to perform RestoreSensor Neurostimluator implant surgery for a patient with chronic pain. Dr. Falowski is one of just a select number of fellowship-trained functional neurosurgeons in the nation.
Proceeds from the 2013 Ball
With your support, proceeds from this year's Ball will allow the St. Luke's Center for Neuroscience to maintain and grow a leadership position in the care of individuals impacted by neurologic disorders.
Priority funding projects include:
- Enhancing our physicians' ability to diagnose and treat neurologic conditions through the purchase of Dynasuite Neuro equipment for functional MRI. This advanced, computer-assisted medical tool will improve physicians' ability to diagnose memory disorders in the earliest stages, improve the treatment patients with epilepsy and also assist in the diagnosis and treatment of some cancers.
- Empowering patient families and caregivers through the establishment of the St. Luke's Memory Disorder Family Support Program to assist families in caring for loved ones impacted by dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Syndrome.
- Promoting fitness of the body and mind, recognizing that the best offense is a good defense when it comes to preventing illness. Funding will support a cognitive wellness program comprised of physical and mental fitness programs, therapeutic activities and socialization opportunities for patients with memory disorders and movement disorders.