Westphal to speak at hospital confab



BAR HARBOR — Cranberry Island resident Michael Westphal will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s annual meeting at the Bar Harbor Club, 11 West St., on Monday, Aug. 1, at 5 p.m.

Michael Westphal PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MDI HOSPITAL

Michael Westphal PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MDI HOSPITAL

Westphal was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. Once an elite athlete, he decided to take up running as a way to relieve his symptoms. What he found was his symptoms almost disappeared completely while he was running.

“Outrunning Parkinson’s,” a short film on Westphal’s journey to Cranberry Island’s “Great Run” marathon, also will be shown. Directed, filmed and edited by Mount Desert Island native Peter Logue, the film follows Westphal as he sets out to complete the marathon.

Westphal went on to run the Boston Marathon and raised more than $36,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Westphal been featured by Runner’s World and ESPN and continues to be an active advocate for Parkinson’s disease research and awareness.

In addition to the keynote by Westphal and the documentary short, MDI Hospital’s 2016 annual meeting will feature a summary of the past year’s accomplishments and financial performance. The organization’s recent awards and community partnerships will be among the topics to be presented.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting. A social hour with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and live jazz begins at 5 p.m. Jazz will be performed the Peach and Blue Trio, a trio of local artists Matt Harkins, Will Miller and Summer Keith. The annual meeting program, keynote and presentations begin at 6 p.m. Complimentary parking is available in the gated lot between the Bar Harbor Club and the Harborside Hotel on West Street.