Community: Sunrise Kiwanis help pay for brain scanner

The Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club outshined the competition when it celebrated its silver anniversary recently.

The club raised $25,000 and donated it to Providence St. Joseph Foundation during a dinner at DeBell Clubhouse Grill.

The funds will go to the neurosciences department at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, which cares for patients ailing from strokes, heart attacks, brain injuries and Parkinson's disease, said Louise Skosey, development officer with the foundation.

The donation from the Kiwanians will go toward paying for a $2.6-million 3D Bi-Plane Scanner, an advanced brain-imaging system, Skosey said.

“It is able to scan a patient's brain, and physicians will be able to see results immediately in real time. There will be no waiting,” she said.

In addition, results will be in color, while the former technology was just in black and white.

To be able to give the donation to the foundation is a fantastic opportunity for the club, said Joe Marando, president of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club.

“Our club supports the needs of the community here in Burbank, so to have this opportunity that's going to provide tangible results to our community is exciting for us,” he said.


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