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March 2017 LEAFlet: Branch Out Snowshoe... Success!

Woohoo! What a day! 


Look closely and you can see a snowshoe hare

The third annual Branch Out Snowshoe Tour was the best one yet! 111 participants, 20 dogs, and nearly $40,000 raised! We even got a few celebrities out and about, including Olympic Champion Michelle Cameron Coulter, Olympian Emily Baadsvik, members of the Calgary Stampeders, and Mrs. Laureen Harper!

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Branch Out Snowshoe Tour raises over $40,000


 The Branch Out Snowshoe Tour raised more than $40,000 on Feb. 18 to fight neurological disorders.

Tim Hall
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February LEAFlet: Countdown is on! 18 Days Left to BOSS!

Snowshoe Is A GO!!!

 Pretend the other end of that rope is tied to you and he’s pulling you to registration.

Us humans have a tough time trudging through snow. We have small feet, freeze in the cold, and we’re heavy. You know who’s not like that? Elves. Like Legolas. You’ll notice in The Fellowship of the Ring that Legolas walks right on top of the snow of the Caradhras mountains.

Fortunately, we have snowshoes instead. And with those snowshoes we shall walk 5 or 10 kilometres to raise funds to fight neurological disorders at the Branch Out Snowshoe Tour!!

It’s at the sweetest place in Alberta, Fallentimber Meadery near Water Valley on February 18th! Bring your dog, bring your kids, bring an elf if you know one! Register HERE. What a great activity for the Family Day weekend!

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Family + Philanthropy this family day weekend

Unique Family Day Weekend Activity

Branch Out Foundation Snowshoe Tour for the whole family, including your dog(s)


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January LEAFlet: 2016’s Best Moments and More!


Top Moments of 2016

 Jumping for joy after another great year!

2016 seemed to be a down year for celebrities (RIP Bowie, Prince, Alan Thicke, etc.) but Branch Out was only getting more lively with our most successful year to date!

Some of the many 2016 highlights for Branch Out include:

And of course, it’s all thanks to you, dedicated LEAFlet readers. Oh and also all the other donors, participants, volunteers, sponsors and supporters but for just this second, you LEAFlet readers get all the credit. Thanks for reading!


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Glial Guys and Gals of 2016

It takes big hearts and brains of all kinds to find solutions for neurological disorders such as Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Epilepsy etc.  In every monthly newsletter ("The LEAFlet"), Branch Out highlights a special Branchy who's gone above and beyond....

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Snowshoe fundraiser makes giving to charity funky

This will be the second year the 90’s Neon Snowsuits team will be fundraising to “attack” neurological disorders by donating to Calgary’s Branch Out Neurological Foundation.

Lyndsie Barrie, team leader of the Attack of the 90’s Neon Snowsuits, wants people to start registering for the upcoming snowshoe fundraiser.

“Last year, our snowshoe team experienced more fun and fulfilment than I can even begin to explain but it’s not about us – it’s about those suffering with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lyme disease and other horrible diseases that attack the nervous system,” Barrie explained.

This will be the second year the 90’s Neon Snowsuits team will be fundraising to “attack” neurological disorders by donating to Calgary’s Branch Out Neurological Foundation.

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December LEAFlet: Come Chill With The Flames!



Flames say MS is lames!

Top three things ever to happen in the NHL:

  1. NHL ’94 created for SNES & Sega Genesis
  2. Disney’s “The Mighty Ducks” is released
  3. MS On Ice goes down on December 17th, 2016

That’s right, Branch Out has partnered up with the Calgary Flames for MS On Ice. We’re partying to put an end to MS and the best part is all the players and coaches HAVE to hang out with us regular people! 50% (!) of the proceeds will be going to Branch Out so we’d love to get a whole bunch of Branchies in attendance.

Details? Who needs ‘em! The only detail you need is knowing you will be just a few feet away from Sean Monahan! Just kidding:

WHERE: Flames Central
DRESS: Semi-formal, dress nice with a touch of ice!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 17th. Doors @ 6pm, performance @ 8pm!
WHAT: appies from six top restaurants, OPEN BAR DUDES!, live music performance, conversation with NHL gods


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Branch Out's First Ever Podcast!

 Check out Branch Out's first ever podcast! 

Crystal Phillips is a former team Canada Speed Skater who fell short of her Olympic dream when she was struck with Multiple Sclerosis at the young age of 16. She used the drive and tenacity required to be an elite athlete to co-found the Branch Out Neurological Foundation. To date, they have fundraised over $2 million.

   Watch the video here


November LEAFlet: Brilliant Branchies Win Big!

Neuron Night Knowledge Translation Winners! 

Branch Out’s annual Neuron Night is an evening for our grant recipients to show off their research to us non-scientists. This year, the challenge was to explain smart science in words even us laypeople can understand – we called it a “Neuron Night Knowledge Translation Contest.”

Over 150 attendees got to judge neuroCAM scientists on their research AND their ability to explain it. BIG Congrats to the top three neuroCAM scientists!

1st Place – Erik Fraunberger
Master’s student from University of Calgary researching the effect of Black Tea Extracts in Traumatic Brain Injury.

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