Hope Awards

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The emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.

Congrats to the 2015 Hope Award Winners! We look forward to seeing you all next year at the 2016 Hope Awards.

Established in 1999, the Hope Awards Celebration was originally founded in honor of Cindy Acree, who in 1991 underwent brain surgery for epilepsy and suffered a stroke. Despite her medical hurdles, Cindy exhibited tenacity and bravery throughout her recovery, and she continues to work tirelessly to promote awareness for neurological conditions. Ms. Acree is a former Colorado State Representative, past chairman of the CNI Board of Directors and a major contributor to CNI’s volunteer successes. The Hope Award is named for her daughter, Hope, another example of Cindy’s miracles.

Support for this event enables integrated, collaborative care, state-of-the-art treatment, patient assistance, outpatient rehabilitation services, support groups, chronic disease management training, community education programs, cutting edge research, ongoing publications and more.

2015 Hope Award Winners:

Pat Maley and Dean Mills | Parkinson’s Patients

Jill Manley | MS Patient

Tom and Ann Kerrigan | Early Onset Dementia Patient and Caregiver

Dan and Janelle Evert | ALS Patient and Caregiver

Hope Awards to Celebrate Children in a New Way

CNI proudly introduces the “Anything Can Happen” Children for Hope Award. This is a new annual award given to a child in the region who has experienced a neurological issue and faced it with courage and grace, offering hope and inspiration to others.

Jagger Winkler | Cochlear Implant Recipient
First “Anything Can Happen” Award Winner
Future Ambassador of  “Children for Hope” Committee
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein


About the Cindy Acree Hope Awards Celebration:

The annual Cindy Acree Hope Awards celebrates CNI patients who have shown great courage in the face of a neurological condition. Established in 1999, the event is named in honor of Ms. Acree, who underwent brain surgery for epilepsy, suffered a stroke and then exhibited tenacity and courage throughout her recovery.  Ms. Acree is a former Colorado state representative, past chairman of the CNI Board of Directors and a major contributor to CNI’s volunteer successes. The Hope Award is named for her daughter, Hope, another example of Cindy’s miracles!  Thank you, Cindy, for making this event possible!


Rick and Robin Fort


Neurology Care, Dr. Karen Theriot


Photos from past Hope Award Celebrations:





Colorado Neurological Insitute