|Home > Care > Specialty Care > Care And Cure|
|DATE & LOCATION||Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
|HONORARY COMMITTEE||Lorenzo DiBonaventura
Dr. W. Don Shields
1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.
Epilepsy affects about 3 million people in the USA, and 160,000 of them live in and around LA county. That is more than the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease -- combined.
An estimated 50,000 deaths occur each year in the USA from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy, and other seizure-related causes, such as downing and other accidents. That is more than the number of deaths due to breast cancer each year.
In children, uncontrolled seizures can damage the developing brain and result in mental retardation, severe functional limitations and even death. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to maximizing long-term prognosis but, unfortunately, effective treatment of children with epilepsy is significantly hampered by a continuing shortage of specialists in pediatric neurology and epilepsy.
Our ultimate goal is no child diagnosed with epilepsy. Until then, with your support, we strive to ensure that all children with epilepsy can get specialty care and their families can have greater hopes for cures. The Benefit raises funds for fellowships to support specialists and researchers because improved understanding of epilepsy and faster intervention to eliminate seizures can improve the course of a child’s life and set the stage for even better treatments and cures. The Benefit also supports programs that prevent epilepsy, promote seizure control, proclaim acceptance, protest bullying, and connect children with epilepsy to others who understand.
While there is still much to be done, we are very produc of our accomplishments. The previous CARE AND CURE Benefits have support and/or are currently supporting:
|2013 PHOTOS||Coming Soon!|
|2013 VIDEO||Coming Soon!|