Baseball Great Kirk Gibson to Speak at Free DeVos Hall Event

Baseball Great Kirk Gibson to Speak at Free DeVos Hall Event

Former Detroit Tiger’s star Kirk Gibson will be the keynote speaker at DeVos Performance Hall at a free community event.    Gibson, 59, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago.  The baseball great has been very outspoken since then in his determination to overcome the disease.

The program is sponsored by Spectrum Health and is scheduled to be held at 5PM on the 23rd.  There will be community booths and refreshments available for attendees in the lobby beginning at 4PM. Although the event is free to the public, registration is required.

Gibson is best known for his World Series home runs that led to the Tiger’s winning that series in 1984.  He later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers culminating in a 17-year major league baseball career.   He currently works as a commentator on the Tigers Fox Sports network in Detroit.  Gibson is the current patient of neurologist Ashok Sriram from the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Although Gibson is the keynote, there will be other neurologists from Spectrum Health that will discuss Parkinson’s and recent breakthroughs in treating the degenerative disease.  It is estimated that 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, most notably Michael J. Fox who has also become an outspoken public representative for the disease.

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

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