Virginie Varone
Virginie Varone

Night of Hope 2018: A charity gala, full of color and emotion

Every two years, the International Paraplegic Research Foundation (IRP) organizes the Night of Hope at the SwissTech Convention Center. Now a tradition, the gala has been running since 2001 and aims to raise funds to fund its research.

Committee Chair Dominique Brustlein addressed her audience to present the progress of translational paraplegic research. Swiss scientists Jocelyne Bloch and Grégoire Courtine presented the groundbreaking results of the STIMO study (Stimulation Movement Overground), and Sebastien Tobler, patient of this study, shared his experience through a testimony.

Exceptional artists

This year on the theme of science and culture, the event welcomes hundreds of guests, all gathered to support the same cause. The guests had the chance to participate in the exceptional concert of the artist Youssou N’Dour, accompanied by his vocalists and musicians. The audience did not hesitate to show their enthusiasm by venturing on the dance floor.

The dancers, former participants of “France has an incredible talent” Florent & Justin also performed on stage. Very emotional moment for everyone, since Florent lost the use of his legs during a work accident. Despite everything he dances like a professional, “as if the chair did not exist,” says his audience.