The Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research is a three-way cooperative between the Joe Niekro Foundation™, Mission:BRAIN, and The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation. The event will showcase our organization’s joint focus on research and awareness for brain aneurysms, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as neurosurgical care of indigent people.
Actor/director Zach Braff, who is best known for playing his role of Dr. John ‘J.D.’ Dorian on the hit television series, Scrubs (2001), will be our emcee, while athletes and celebrities from across the country will join patrons for an evening of fun, laughs, and memories to last a lifetime. Braff is also known for his writing, directing and acting roles in the films Garden State (2004) and Wish I Was Here (2014).
We are honored to announce our first ever William L. Young Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Michael Lawton. Dr. Lawton is the Tong-Po Kan Endowed Chair, professor of neurological surgery and vice chairman of the department at the University of California, San Francisco. As chief of one of the busiest cerebrovascular centers on the West Coast for nearly 20 years, Dr. Lawton is being recognized for his outstanding advancements and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.