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Need for Timely Access to Pediatric Epilepsy Care

EPILEPSY IS THE MOST COMMON SERIOUS BRAIN DISORDER WORLDWIDE WITH NO AGE, RACIAL, SOCIAL CLASS, NATIONAL NOR GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES. 

About 65 million people in the world are affected by epilepsy, about 3.4 million in the USA, and over 160,000 in our region.

About 50% of cases begin in infancy, childhood and adolescence.

Seizures can have a devastating effect on the developing brain including mental retardation, functional limitations, learning delays, and many even result in early death.

Early intervention is crucial to prevent and minimize the negative impact of epilepsy.

But there are simply not enough doctors to meet the demand for specialized epilepsy care and families often have to wait up to 6 to 12 months to see a specialist if one even exists in their city. 

Our Vision and Accomplishments

Thirteen years ago, Mark Borman and Andrew Gumpert, two dad’s of children with severe epilepsy realized there simply were not enough specialist to ensure children with epilepsy could be seen in a timely manner. They vowed to do something about it and created the Care and Cure Program.

Our collective goal is no child diagnosed with epilepsy. Until then, your support ensures that children with epilepsy can get specialty care and the epilepsy research thrives in our region and beyond – giving children and their families hope for cures

 

 

 

To date, the Care and Cure Gala Benefit’s in Los Angeles and Orange County have raised over $11 million dollars:

  • We have and are currently funding 28 fellowship in Los Angeles and 2 in Orange County and counting.
  • We have established and are currently funding two Care and Cure endowments at CHLA and UCLA which will fund a pediatric epilepsy fellowship at these hospitals in perpetuity.
  • We are the largest chapter / affiliate sponsor of the Epilepsy Foundation research initiatives.
  • We start-up funded 3 Pediatric Dietary Therapy Programs at UCLA, LAC+USC, and CHLA.
  • We are aggressively expanding the CARE and CURE programs to under served and high need areas.

 

 

 

Care and Cure - Los Angeles

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event will be honoring Hannah Minghella, Head of Motion Pictures of Bad Robot.

For more information, please visit CareandCure.org/LA

See the impact Care and Cure has on families in our region

Photos from Care and Cure 2019

Care and Cure - Orange County

This year’s Orange County Care and Cure Gala will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel.

 

For more information contact us at: careandcureoc@efa.org

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For more information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Heidi Meireles at 301-918-3772 or email him at hmeireles@efa.org