Happenings | Fall 2017

Dr. Kurpad and Lucas Lindner share a laugh at the 2017 Imagine More Dinner
Dr. Shekar Kurpad (left) and Lucas Lindner (center) share a laugh at the Imagine More Dinner. Dr. Kurpad's successful clinical trial with Lindner as his patient was detailed in the Winter 2017 issue of MCW Magazine.

Stories of New Hope Inspire at Imagine More Dinner

On June 15, 2017, nearly 400 guests gathered for the 5th Annual Imagine More Dinner at Discovery World in Milwaukee to raise funds and awareness for neuroscience research. The program highlighted the advancements of Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, FEL '01, PhD, chair and Sanford J. Larson Professor of Neurosurgery, director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center, and director of the spine surgery fellowship.

Lucas Lindner, who benefited from a clinical study under Dr. Kurpad’s direction, made a guest appearance. The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation was recognized as the "Neuro Hero" for its impact on neuro health, including more than $1.2 million in financial support for spinal cord injury research.

WBCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

WBCS (Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse) kicked off its 20th year of fundraising with a successful Showhouse to a Cure in June 2017, during which some of the area's top designers transformed a local home and opened it up to the public for several weeks. This year's home was a historic Queen Anne mansion on Milwaukee's East Side that was designed in 1903 by Alexander C. Eschweiler. A gala on the first evening of the Showhouse provided a first look at the home, followed by a summer party with live music, small plate dining and an auction.

Since 1988, WBCS has raised almost $6.2 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. More details about the 2018 Showhouse to a Cure are available on the WBCS website.

2017 WBCS gala auction
The 2017 WBCS gala featured an auction with major items such as the bracelet shown here.

Pierce Receives Zeit Award

Douglas Pierce receives 2017 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership AwardDouglas Pierce, a fourth-year medical student at MCW, received the annual Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award on October 6, 2017. This prestigious award is presented to the senior student who has consistently displayed superior qualities of leadership, loyalty, selfless service, initiative and compassion toward his or her peers and to MCW. It is the highest student honor bestowed by the Walter Zeit Fellowship, MCW's premier donor recognition society. Pierce's contribution to MCW's Human Anatomy Video Dissector was detailed in the Winter 2016 issue of MCW Magazine.

Have a Heart Ride

The 9th Annual Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride was held on June 10, 2017. Approximately 120 riders participated to show their support for cardiovascular research and also enjoyed a 70-mile scenic ride through the hilly countryside of southeast Wisconsin. More than $130,000 in proceeds have been raised during this event's nine-year history. Thanks to our sponsors: Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson, Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G. Chapter and Gruber Law. The 2018 Have a Heart Ride will be held on June 9, 2018.

Women in Science Lecture Series

The Women in Science Lecture Series is celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2017. Women in Science is an opportunity to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians and learn more about their cutting-edge research along with new and potential treatments for diseases.

Upcoming Events


  • Health Care Dinner – Milwaukee | November 14


  • Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run/Walk – Wauwatosa | February 10

  • Tenth Annual Strikes for Hope Bowling Fundraiser – Sussex | February 24

MARCH 2018

  • Desert Classic Weekend: Golf & Brewers Spring Training Baseball – Scottsdale, AZ | March 2-3

  • Sixth Annual Ellen's Icebreaker Polar Plunge – Hartland | March 3

For more information on these events, contact Peggy LeBrun, director, volunteer and event fundraising, at (414) 955-4503 or plebrun@mcw.edu.

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