Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Epilepsy Warriors ~ A Force to be Reckoned With!

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping our kids with epilepsy, and their families. Founder and president of The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, Susan Noble, has tirelessly dedicated her time and effort for more than two years to get this truly vital foundation the respect and recognition it deserves, as well as providing a valuable resource which "addresses the ever growing needs for advocacy and research as well as lift the societal burdens and limitations brought about by epilepsy".

Did you know...

  • 2.2 million people in the United States, and more than 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy
  • In the U.S. more than 300,000 people who have epilepsy are under the age of 14; more than 500,000 are over the age of 65
  • Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) accounts for 10% of all epilepsy related death; 85% of these fatalities occur between ages 20-50

The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation is made up of parents and caregivers of children, teens, young adults, and adults who suffer from seizures, and/or have been diagnosed with Epilepsy, Dravets Syndrome, LGS.

Impressed? So was I! But there's more! The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation is hosting a Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner in Chicago,IL on Saturday, April 20 from 6-1030pm at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.The dinner will benefit University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Changing the Face of Beauty, and The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation. Funds given to the Epilepsy Warriors will be donated toward an Epilepsy Research Center to be located at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, and to the Health Learning Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have more resources for Epilepsy families and patients.

Jere's a little teaser for you: not only will guests of the Gala get dinner, but they will hear Joey LaRocque, former linebacker for the Chicago Bears, and president of Guardian Helments speaking about epilepsy, there will be video messages from Minnesota Gophers coach Jerry Kill, and CBS 2 Chicago News Anchor, Rob Johnson, a silent auction, and entertainment sure to delight everyone that attends.  It will be an evening that every guest will be talking about for months to come.

If you live in or around the Chicago area and would like to attend the Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner, you can purchase tickets through eventbrite by clicking here. If you don't live near Chicago, but would like to help promote the Gala, donate to The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, or offer an item for the silent auction, please contact Susan Noble (susan at epilepsywarriors dot org). 

Image and links property of The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, and used here with permission.

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