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   Sky's The Limit

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Welcome – 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon – 12:00 p.m.
Multnomah Athletic Club | 
Portland, OR
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Join Portland's signature fundraiser luncheon to benefit cognition research to improve learning, memory, and speech and delay the onset of Alzheimer's in individuals with Down syndrome.

Dr. William Mobley — Keynote Speaker

Dr. William Mobley, UC SD School of Medicine

"Together, you and I are going to change the lives of people living with Down syndrome."

William C. Mobley is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD. He also serves as Executive Director of UCSD's Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment. and the Florence Riford Chair of Alzheimer Disease Research. His emphasis on the neurobiology of Down syndrome has brought new insights into the condition, including possible treatments. He was inspired to elevate the medical community's understanding of Down syndrome as a young resident after witnessing how a doctor's lack of appreciation of a patient with Down syndrome nearly led to her death.

Dr. Mobley received the first LuMind RDS grant and has since identified a drug target with the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease in individuals with Down syndrome that has led to a clinical trial with Swiss biopharmaceutical, AC Immune.





Karen Gaffney — Speaker


"These organizations are changing the playing field for those of us with Down syndrome, and they hold the keys to our future."

Karen Gaffney is the president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon "dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities."

In 2001 she became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel. Her 2007 swim across the nine-mile span of Lake Tahoe became the subject of the documentary Crossing Tahoe: A Swimmer's Dream. In 2009 she swam across Boston Harbor, a distance of five miles, to celebrate Down Syndrome Month in Massachusetts. She has also earned two gold medals from Special Olympics, and completed 16 swims across San Francisco Bay, including the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

In 2010, she received the Global Down Syndrome Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. Karen Gaffney became the first living person with Down syndrome to receive an honorary doctorate degree when she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Portland on May 5, 2013, for her work in raising awareness regarding the abilities of people who have Down syndrome.


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Karen Gaffney and Ryan HartmannWe are so excited that you are interested in learning more about the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation and supporting the Sky’s The Limit event. Through funding to the institutions and talent that are pushing the boundaries of cognitive research, the world is opening up for people with Down Syndrome, and we are honored to help hold the door.

In the United States, 1 out of every 691 babies is born with Down syndrome (Ds), a condition caused by a genetic abnormality that manifests in varying degrees of intellectual impairment.

In the past, it was widely believed that Ds was too complex of a condition to correct, and little could be done to enhance an individual’s cognitive state. Until now. Due in large part to the ongoing efforts of a committed, capable and determined change-maker, LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS), the new reality is optimistic and the future bright.

Since 2004, LuMind RDS has

• Established the only Scientific AdvisoryBoard focused solely on Ds research,

• Funded research that identified 10 potential drug targets and contributed to 4 major clinical trials to improve cognition and avoid the early onset of Alzheimer’sdisease,

• Funded the development of the first Dsspecific cognitive test batteries across life-span,

• Granted more than $15M to leading academic institutions leading to more than $18M in concurrent funding from the National Institute of Health, industry and other sources.

We hope you can join us and support this event in Portland to benefit Down syndrome research.


Ryan Hartmann
President & CEO | Insitu, Inc.
Board Chair, LuMind RDS Foundation

Karen Gaffney
President, Karen Gaffney Foundation
Sky's the Limit Speaker


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LuMind RDS is a research-based, 501(c)(3) institution. Federal Tax ID: 37-1483975. Goods and services are valued at $240 and the balance is tax-deductible.

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