Hope Happens

The Hope Center is a collaborative alliance between Washington University and Hope Happens. Read More

Hope Happens

The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders is a collaborative alliance between Washington University in St. Louis and Hope Happens. Hope Happens (previously “ALS Hope”) is a St. Louis-based non-profit public charity, and was founded in 2002 by Chris Hobler and his family. Hope Happens’ objective is to find cures for neurological disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), by funding innovative research and inspiring scientific collaboration. Chris Hobler saw his diagnosis of ALS as an opportunity to lead the fight against this and other neurological disorders. Although Chris lost his battle with ALS in February 2005, his mission continues in a tangible way through Hope Happens and its funding of the Hope Center.

Thanks to generous support from the community, Hope Happens has turned one family’s fight against ALS into the fight of many against society’s major neurological disorders.

2014 Tenth Annual Evening of Hope

The 10th Annual Evening of Hope was held on May 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.  Dr. William A. Peck, MD, former Dean of the Washington University  School of Medicine accepted the Spirit of Hope Award in honor of his past and continuous support.  Dr. Peck was instrumental in forming the partnership of Hope Happens and Washington University to create Hope Center for Neurological Disorders.

The Marcus Roberts Trio performed, featuring bassist Rodney Jordan, drummer Jason Marsalis, and led by pianist Marcus Roberts.

The Marcus Roberts Trio performance was outstanding, and very well received by our guests. Hope Happens posted a photo gallery of Evening of Hope to Google, here.

Hope Happens also presented the Shout Out for Hope last Thursday, and our videographer put created a short highlights video of the event that can be found here.


Christopher Wells Hobler Lab

A generous gift from the Hobler Family created the Christopher Wells Hobler Lab for ALS Research.

Hobler Lab