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.

Thirteenth Annual Evening of Hope

The 13th Annual Evening of Hope was held on April 27 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.  Dr. Larry Shapiro, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean Emeritus, accepted the Spirit of Hope Award in honor of his past and continuous support.

Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul performed: Alvin Quinn on bass, Shaun Robinson on guitar and Rob Woodie, drums.  The performance was inspiring and soul-filled, smiles and applause filled the theater.

Hope Happens posted a photo gallery of Evening of Hope to Facebook, here.

Christopher Wells Hobler Lab

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

Hobler Lab


For previous years, click the links below.

2015 Evening of Hope

2014 Evening of Hope