July LEAFlet: It's Getting Hot in Here

Bike Tour Hangover

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The filter on this picture is called “face-melting fun” 

Little confession; we’ve got a pretty severe case of Bike Tour Hangover. Great thing about it, it’s the exact opposite of a real hangover. Instead of nausea, we’ve got the delicious taste of TriPow in the mouth; instead of a headache, we’ve got memories of laughing at costumed riders; instead of feeling anxious, we feel exhilarated about raising funds; and instead of achy muscles… well, we’ve still got those. But regardless, what a ride! What a party! What a Bike Tour! 

Bike Tour Hangover

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The filter on this picture is called “face-melting fun” 

Little confession; we’ve got a pretty severe case of Bike Tour Hangover. Great thing about it, it’s the exact opposite of a real hangover. Instead of nausea, we’ve got the delicious taste of TriPow in the mouth; instead of a headache, we’ve got memories of laughing at costumed riders; instead of feeling anxious, we feel exhilarated about raising funds; and instead of achy muscles… well, we’ve still got those. But regardless, what a ride! What a party! What a Bike Tour! 

Just a few of the many highlights from this year:

  • Her and Us live band (anyone else in love?), DJ Leon (one more song!), perfect weather (hawt), hilarious costumes (yeehaw!), live auction (chute pass partner, anyone?), Tesla support vehicles (ballin’), Last Best beer served at the finish line (tastes like heaven), Wild Tea Kombucha cocktails at the Banquet (heaven with a twist). Pictures can be seen HERE.

And now for what you’ve all been dying for. How much did we raise? Drumroll please….. nearly $300,000!

Can you believe it!? Great work everyone! Special shoutout to our two top fundraisers, John Mackay and Leslie McMillan. Thank you all so much for supporting neuroCAM research.


Branch Out Sideshow 

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Let us delight & entertain 

Unofficially, you may hold the record for most tears cried at the end of ‘Marley and Me’, but this Guinness World Record attempt is going to put that to shame. Vincenzo Vipond will attempt to set the world record for distance travelled on a unicycle while juggling three objects.

On September 23rd, in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Vinny Vipond will dazzle, enthrall and entertain as he shoots for 10km unicycled whilst juggling. During his attempt, other circus members and neuroscience experts will be showing off their own unique skills. And best of all, the event is raising money for Branch Out!

Vinny is shooting to raise more that $50,000 for Branch Out. What a guy! Please stay tuned for more news on the most unique fundraisers we’ve ever seen. Click here for more info.


NeuroCAM Ninja

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So excited about being the NeuroCAM Ninja he started hyperventilating!

Each month, we highlight one of our grant recipients and the research that they do. This month it’s University of Alberta researcher Wesley Vuong. He received our Undergraduate Summer Studentship award in 2015 AND 2016!

Wesley is a two-time winner of our Summer Studentship Grant and there’s a good reason why; he’s studying the most important element of all, oxygen! His research analyzes brain responses to different oxygen environments, which could provide benefits in everything from cognitive ability to proper use in patients under anesthesia.

Wesley’s thoughts on Branch Out’s mission: "Given that neuroCAM treatments can potentially help patients, it is important that they be critically evaluated for their effectiveness before given to patients. My experience with Branch Out has helped me facilitate these skills and to use evidence to make informed decisions.”


Glial Gal of the Month: Lisa Belanger

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Matching headwear is the best way to show your child you love them.

Lisa Belanger is a lady with a mission. Well, a whole bunch of missions. She’s a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, an author, entrepreneur and professional speaker. She’s also the founder of a charity for cancer survivors called Knight’s Cabin.

In 2012, Lisa wrote a book called ‘Inspire Me Well’ and dedicated a chapter to Crystal! Since then, she’s only been too happy to share charity tips and tricks with Branch Out.

This month, she stepped in on short notice to do a wonderful job emceeing the Branch Out Bike Tour. 

For being an excellent resource for Branch Out and for delighting us with her emcee duties, Lisa Belanger is our Glial Gal of the Month!


June's Brainwave

Quick! Without looking, what’s the correct spelling of the padded bike shorts you should probably wear on June 17th?

a      Chammy

b      Shammy

c      Chamois

d      Shammie

Congrats to Emily McPhail for correctly answering C) Chamois

P.S. You also win a Neurons are Neat card. Way to go!


July’s Brainwave 

Yeehaw it’s Stampede time! Our brain’s make up just 2% of our body weight and when you’re in a Stampede tent, you might use 0% of it. But at least you’re not a cow! Because their brains make up ___% of their bodyweight

a)    0.01%

b)    0.1%

c)    1%

d)    10%