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The University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees 2020

The University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees is returning for the 2020 Christmas season, in a new, virtual way! The holidays might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate and support a great cause.

This year, we’re transforming the Festival of Trees into an intimate, personal experience right in the comfort of your own home. Stay safe, get cozy, and enjoy the magic of the Festival.

Don’t let COVID steal the Festival – Sign up to participate in one of our activities below and join in on the Christmas spirit!

A Virtual Christmas Experience

The University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees is creating innovative ways for you to experience the magic of Festival, while staying safe and healthy this holiday season. There are wonderful activities for you and your loved ones of all ages to enjoy.

Proceeds from your purchase of the items and experiences below will go to the University Hospital Foundation in support of Alzheimer’s research at the University of Alberta.

Help Us Make Alzheimer’s Disease a Mere Memory

Researchers at the University of Alberta Hospital, led by renowned neurologist and researcher Dr. Jack Jhamandas, believe they have found a way to restore memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

In their study, they found that mice with Alzheimer’s disease showed considerable memory improvement after receiving daily injections of a particular string of amino acids, or peptide.

The next step for these researchers is to develop a pill form of the chemical compound that can be used in clinical trials. This work has already begun, but this critical phase is time consuming and extremely costly.

This research could change the lives of millions of Canadians and people all over the world. In Alberta alone, an estimated 75,000 people are affected by Alzheimer’s – these are patients, family members and care takers. Based on recent population trends, that number is only going to increase.

Your generous support will allow Dr. Jhamandas and his team to begin human clinical trials sooner, and move much closer to neutralizing the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Together, we can make Alzheimer’s disease a mere memory.

How you’re making an impact

Over the last 35 years the Festival of Trees has raised over $22 million for the University Hospital Foundation, and has impacted every area of care at the University of Alberta Hospital, from heart care at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, to brain care with the Stroke Ambulance, from trauma and emergency care to transplants.

Angelena

Seven years after losing my leg, I’m back on my feet again thanks to University Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees supporters.

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@YEGFOT

Yesterday, @GiveToUHF President & CEO @DrJodiAbbott_ presented our @YEGFOT 50/50 winner Rod Smith with his cheque of $456,315. Congrats Rod, enjoy your winnings! Thank you to everyone who purchased tix to help us raise funds for ground-breaking #Alzheimer’s research at @UAlberta.

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@GiveToUHF

As Alberta's population ages, the projected increase of Alzheimer's disease continues to soar. The same can be said for Canada, and around the world.

Thanks to 20 years of research by Dr. Jack Jhamandas and his team at @UAlberta_FoMD , a major breakthrough has been discovered.