Free Community Event

Join former Major League Baseball player and manager Kirk Gibson as he talks about the greatest challenge of his life—his own Parkinson’s disease. 

The Michigander and former Detroit Tiger will share his personal story, including his diagnosis in 2015. With an iron-strong will and determination to overcome adversity, Kirk motivates and inspires others. 

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease. Those who are diagnosed with it can live productive lives for many years, but at present there is no cure. This event will highlight the importance of ongoing research, including the collaborative efforts of Spectrum Health, Michigan State University and Van Andel Research Institute.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 


Program of Events

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Community partner booths and light refreshments

5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 
Main Event

  • Panel Discussion: Spectrum Health Neurosciences and Parkinson’s Disease Experts  
  • Keynote: Kirk Gibson 

Reservations Required

You must register to attend. We encourage you to arrive early, as seating is limited to the first 2,300 guests. Reserve your general admission ticket now (limit is four tickets). 

If you reserve tickets and cannot attend, please email


Parking is available downtown for a fee in several parking ramps.
  • DeVos Place ramp (under DeVos Performance Hall)—limited parking available
  • Government Center ramp (located across the street from DeVos Performance Hall)
  • Louis Campau ramp (enter off Monroe Avenue, take covered walkway to DeVos Performance Hall)
  • Various Ellis Parking lots

To improve your parking experience:
  • Carpool
  • Arrive early (parking assistants will redirect you if the ramp is full)
  • Plan an alternate route in case your desired ramp is full

Note: There is construction that will impact travel to DeVos Performance Hall. Follow the links below to see information on detours. Plan to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.