Since 1960, Overlake Medical Center Foundation & Auxiliaries has hosted the Bandage Ball to raise funds for a different service area of the hospital each year. In 2016, with more than 800 community leaders present, the foundation raised $1.26 million for professional development opportunities for Overlake nurses.
“The Bandage Ball supports everything from allowing our staff to participate in vital clinical research, to recruitment of specialists in epilepsy and stroke, to adding more state-of-the-art equipment to make brain surgery more effective and less invasive,” Overlake president and CEO J. Michael Marsh said in a statement. “We are grateful the community comes out full force to support Overlake.”
This year, the foundation is setting its sights on Overlake’s newly-opened Neurosciences Institute in an effort to expand the institute’s services to include comprehensive migraine treatment. After all, close to 12 percent of adults suffer from migraines, seriously impacting their daily lives. Additionally, the institute will continue to work on pioneering treatments such as minimally-invasive brain and spinal surgeries with the latest in technology.
“We are striving to build a full-service practice for patients suffering from the overwhelming effects of migraine headaches,” Dr. Daniel Fosmire, a physician at the institute, said in a statement. “When a migraine begins, medications can help reverse the chemical cascade causing the pain, but we also strive to thoroughly evaluate the patient with a holistic approach to identify potential lifestyle changes, such as regular aerobic exercise which can decrease migraine frequency and severity.”
For migraines, Fosmire prescribes Botox injections — typically used to cosmetically reduce facial wrinkles — to decrease the pain of a migraine.
This year’s Bandage Ball will be held at 5:30 p.m., April 22 at Bellevue Regency Hyatt. Tickets are available online.