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Chicago Event 2014

Annual Benefit Featuring James Taylor Breaks Fundraising Record for Epilepsy CURE

May 23, 2014, Chicago, IL – Though the room was filled with dignitaries and VIP’s, all eyes were fixed on Lauren Axelrod, the young woman with epilepsy, who bravely and enthusiastically introduced the evening’s headliner, James Taylor, who helped shatter fundraising goals for epilepsy research.

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), founded by Lauren’s mother, Susan Axelrod, held its 16th Annual Chicago Benefit on May 19, at Navy Pier. Event chair Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and CEO of Ventas, Inc., welcomed the overflow crowd and expressed gratitude to the guests. “Thank you for your generous contributions and your commitment to CURE epilepsy. We welcome our first time supporters and longtime friends and we look forward to seeing you at CURE’s benefit for many years to come. “

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Board member Craig Albert and
Chair of the Board Gardiner Lapham.
About 1,200 people attended and more than $2.1 million was raised for epilepsy research efforts.

“We have more than doubled our fundraising in the past two years,” Susan Axelrod said. “We promise we will invest this money in the amazing science we are known for.”

Before Taylor, accompanied by his wife Caroline, serenaded the crowd with some of his most famous tunes, came speeches from Susan and David Axelrod, Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery and Debra Cafaro. All have a daughter with epilepsy and their stories truly moved the crowd.

David Axelrod spoke of the perfect and beautiful baby girl who was born to the couple almost 33-years-ago. At 7-months-old, however, Lauren had her first grand mal seizure and their lives changed forever.

“I remembered the nights when Lauren would have clusters of seizures and would come around just long enough to shriek, ‘Mom, make them stop,’” David Axelrod said.  “So heartbroken and outraged by the lack of answers, (Susan) and two other mothers launched CURE at our dining room table.”

Unwilling to sit back and accept the debilitating effects of epilepsy, these parents joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure. CURE’s mission is not only driven by the pressing need for scientific research and data, but by the painful struggle of families who suffer from epilepsy worldwide.

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Lynn Fleisher, Esq., CURE’s new CEO, Robin S. Harding, CURE Founding Chair Susan Axelrod
Emery, whose daughter April, 29, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 6, thanked the crowd for their generosity and said that it is a trait he finds important in the sports world as well. He said that when he interviewed Marc Trestman for the coaching job for the Bears, it was a quote from his book that really stood out to him and helped him decide to hire him.

“What we do for ourselves dies with us,” the quote goes, according to Emery. “What we do for others’ lives on forever.”

The moving speeches propelled the evening’s guests to shatter the organization’s fundraising goal and raise more than $2.1 million.

Among the other dignitaries at last night’s event were Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Sen. Dick Durbin; actor Billy Zane; and Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman. In addition, guests were treated to music from the Misericordia Heartzingers Choir and the Walter Payton College Prep Jazz Band.



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Heidi and Craig Albert
Liz and Mike Axelrod
Susan and David Axelrod
Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt
Shalee and Blake Cunneen
Beth and Phil Emery
Elizabeth and Ruben Figueres
Larry Grisolano
Carol Jones and Tom Hynes
Bernadette Keller and William M. Daley

Judy and Scott Leisher
Audrey and Claude Ohanesian
Sharon O’Keefe and Hal Moore
Linda and Richard Price
Cari and Michael Sacks
Marla and Eric Sedler
Jody and Ross Silverman
Michele Schara and Randy Mehrberg
Andrea Lavin Solow and Alan Solow
Lee Ann and C. Renzi Stone

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For more information on the Benefit, please emaill info@CUREepilepsy.org.

 
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