LOS ANGELES — The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles received a $20,000 donation from Slater Heidrich, a teen with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy who hosted a fundraising concert at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach this past weekend to support the Foundation in its fight to END EPILEPSY®. The 16-year-old formed a club at Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) a year ago to create awareness about epilepsy and used his passion for music to raise money for others like him who live with epilepsy and seizures.
“I’ve lived with multiple seizures since I was 10 years old, and while medications have helped me keep the seizures under control, that is not the case for others who live with hundreds of seizures a day,” said Heidrich. “I want to help those who have not yet found seizure control, so I thought I could do it by raising money to support the work of the Epilepsy Foundation in finding cures. I know that every donation is going to help improve the lives of someone with epilepsy; every donation will help END EPILEPSY.”
The benefit concert at the Lighthouse drew more than a few hundred people from the community. The money raised by Heidrich will fund research and awareness, training programs on seizure recognition and first aid, as well as improved access to specialty care for the more than 160,000 people with epilepsy in the Greater Los Angeles region.
“Most teens are out with their friends playing sports and going to movies, but here is Slater looking for ways to improve the lives of people with epilepsy,” said Rebekkah Halliwell, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. “We are so thankful to him and his family for all the work they’ve put in this past year to help raise awareness and money for the cause. Every dollar counts toward our fight to END EPILEPSY and Slater’s work will certainly pay off.”
The Foundation is grateful to the many individuals and local organizations who donated to Heidrich, including The Lighthouse who donated 15% of all the proceeds from the event; LA Kings’ Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick who donated autographed jerseys, as well as general manager Rob Blake who donated four tickets to a 2020 game; the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Chargers who donated tickets; and South Bay band Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, who donated an autographed Pennywise skateboard.
According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.
About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
As the local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles (EFGLA) is the only charitable organization dedicated solely to serving people affected by epilepsy in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. EFGLA is leading the fight to End Epilepsy® and overcome the challenges created by seizures by focusing on care, advocacy, research and education. Through these areas of focus, EFGLA offers a range of services and programs to help, support, advocate for, and empower, those who are affected by epilepsy and their caregivers. EFGLA supports research to accelerate cures for the epilepsies and the training, and work, of new pediatric epilepsy specialists; seeks to educate the general public to better understand epilepsy/seizure disorders; and mobilizes the community in the fight to End Epilepsy. For more information about EFGLA, please visit EndEpilepsy.org/GreaterLosAngeles.
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