June LEAFlet: We're too excited to sleep!

Final Countdown to Bike Tour

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Polite pedal-pushers patiently pause prior to downhill plunge! 

Uhhhh, guys? We’re 11 frickin’ sleeps away from 2017 Branch Out Bike Tour! Holy h-e-double hockey stick!

Sorry for the profanity, I’m just excited because there is some Corey-Hart-level-cool stuff this year!

It’s not too late to participate! Ride, volunteer, or even just attend the banquet to get a look at a silent auction that would make Charlie Chaplin shout out.

Final Countdown to Bike Tour

BOBT.jpeg
Polite pedal-pushers patiently pause prior to downhill plunge! 

Uhhhh, guys? We’re 11 frickin’ sleeps away from 2017 Branch Out Bike Tour! Holy h-e-double hockey stick!

Sorry for the profanity, I’m just excited because there is some Corey-Hart-level-cool stuff this year

  • Tesla is back to provide ludicrous support vehicles
  • The best silent auction layout I have ever seen (and that includes over a decade of fundraising experience), including a flight to YVR to watch the Flames crush the Canucks!
  • Branchy Brew from Last Best Brewery & Distillery will be served at the BBQ lunch
  • New title sponsor Mosaic Capital put an uppercase “G” on “Generous” to make food, tents, display and everything else even better
  • Calvin Harris’ mentor and first teacher, DJ Leon, mixing beats like a blender 

Put all that in your head and you start to feel a little like this classic 90s commercial (link: https://youtu.be/O29mQbQMoOI)

It’s not too late to participate! Ride, volunteer, or even just attend the banquet to get a look at a silent auction that would make Charlie Chaplin shout out.

REGISTER FOR THE BIKE TOUR NOW 


Just A Couple Celebs That We Know

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Only 18 degrees on the Friday but 1000 degrees on camera as these hot superstars showed up!

Want to hear a good story? Okay. Horse walks into a bar, bartender says, “why the long face?” 

Now want to hear a GREAT story? Check out this segment on Breakfast Television about our top fundraiser Leslie McMillan (nearly $20k raised! Waaah?!), her sister Claire, and one of our e-trike riders, Brandon Harrison.

I can’t do the stories justice, you’ll have to watch, but to summarize, Leslie has been fundraising in honour of her mom, and Brandon suffered through 4 strokes but is fighting back to ride a Branch Out e-trike this year.

If you want to hear more about Leslie’s story or donate to her incredible fundraising campaign, please check out her page HERE.

WATCH THE SEGMENT 


And Then There Were Two

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As far as first full-time employees go, she’s holding the top spot!

It’s official, the Branch Out family just grew a new limb! Her name is Meagan McKenzie and she’s Branch Out’s new Marketing Director! She’ll be a lady of many hats, notably fedoras, porkpies and bicornes, which she’ll wear while expanding research grantings, recruiting new Branchies, communicating creatively, and generally just being impressive.

If an alien met Meagan, it would assume the human race is the sweetest, most empathetic, artistic, and quirky cool race ever.

She’s a real artist, an incredible wordsmith, and one of those people that always has a witty comment bubbling just beneath the surface. And best of all, she’s a great addition to the Branch Out team! 


NeuroCAM Ninja

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She’s an incredible scientist, but sometimes she forgets to type on home row

Each month we highlight one of our grant recipients and the research they do. This month it’s UofC researcher Jessica Naidu. She received our Undergraduate Summer Studentship award in 2017!

Jessica is studying the effects of a high fat, low sugar diet (ketogenic diet) on behaviour in patients with autism.

Jessica Naidu: " "Based on our results, I definitely think future research into the KD (Ketogenic Diet) as an alternative therapy should continue, advancing neuroCAM as a possible therapy for autism-related communication deficits (and possibly moving neuroCAM research into other therapeutic uses of the KD)."


Glial Guy of the Month: Thomas Cherney

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I just took this stock photo of a model on a bike… you mean that’s actually Thomas?! Wow!

Thomas reached out to our Executive Director when he heard about Branch Out and he just happens to have a ton of useful skills! First of all, he’s a marketing whiz; he even founded his own marketing company, Sway Marketing. He takes all his graphic design skillz, marketing strategy, and networking and throws them right at Branch Out.

Thomas is described as the kind of person that when you ask him for something, he comes back with an answer 10 times better than you were expecting.

For being a volunteer that gives back using all of his abilities, Thomas Cherney is our Glial Guy of the Month!


May’s Brainwave

What did team MANdem (6-time winners of Best Dressed) dress up as in 2013?

A)    Super Mario

B)    Astronauts

C)    Barbershop Quartet

D)    Bobsleigh Duo

Congrats to for Roxanne McCaig for correctly answering B) Astronauts

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


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