Alzheimer’s San Diego hosted the annual Celebration of Courage & Hope at the historic US Grant Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 14th.  As in years past, this event honored San Diegans on the front lines of healthcare, research, awareness and caregiving. Learn more about this year’s four honorees in the videos below.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and our Courage Sponsor, SDG&E.

2017 Courage & Hope Honorees

Rusty Gage, PhD
Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease, Salk Institute

Abraham Chyung, MD, PhD
Neurologist, Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Inc.

Mary Ball
Director, Scripps Foundation
Former CEO & President,
Alzheimer’s San Diego 

Thomas Shaw
Retired Captain, U.S. Navy

Event Chairs


Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
80th Assembly District

Jerry Harris
Real Estate Investor & RCFE Owner

Scott Drury

Carlo Cecchetto
News Anchor
CBS News 8

Photos: 2017 Courage & Hope

For more information, please contact Michelle Van Hoff at 858.966.3300 or