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CURE Benefit

Unite to CURE Epilepsy

Thursday, September 24, 2020
8:00 pm EDT
Facebook Live, YouTube Live

September 24, 2020
Facebook Live | YouTube Live

On September 24, 2020, we held our first-ever virtual event, Unite to CURE Epilepsy. Throughout the evening, we heard inspirational stories, learned about encouraging new research, and saw entertaining performances from legendary musical names. Moreover, we witnessed the global epilepsy community brought together by tenacity, discovery, and hope to help achieve our vision: a world without epilepsy.

Thank you to all the individuals, families, clinicians, donors, and sponsors from across the epilepsy community who joined from near and far to Unite to CURE Epilepsy. Your amazing support helped us raise over $ 1.6 million for innovative research that will help us find a cure.

If you weren’t able to join us, there’s still time to donate and help us reach our goal: Every gift made to Unite to CURE Epilepsy through October 2 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of Dianne Raso through the Ann G. and James B. Ritchey Foundation. This is a fantastic opportunity to double the impact of your gift of any amount, so please give today.

Thank you to the world-class entertainers for their inspirational performances, the informative updates from leading scientists who gave us a look into the world of epilepsy research, and to the members of the epilepsy community for sharing their moving stories.

Featuring

Mike Barnicle, event host, award-winning journalist and contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, whose daughter, Julia, has epilepsy. 

Eric Church, country music star and four-time Grammy-award nominee. 

The legendary Nils Lofgren looks down toward his guitar while performing.

Nils Lofgren, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, member of the E Street Band, member of Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, practicing neurosurgeon and Emmy-Award winning CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.

Miguel Cervantes

Miguel Cervantes,
Broadway, Stage, and Screen Actor.

 

Plus Miguel’s Broadway friends, Colin Donell, Montego Glover, Alan Green, Tamar Greene, Leslie Kritzer, Patti Murin, Eric Petersen, James Snyder, and Ben Thompson.

Epilepsy Research Needs You

During this pandemic, epilepsy research is more vulnerable than ever, with investigators experiencing delays due to mandatory time away from the lab and related additional costs for PPE and other materials. It is vital that we do all we can to ensure continued progress towards our shared vision: a world without epilepsy.

CURE Board of Directors

Susan Axelrod
CURE Founder
Chicago, Illinois

Stacey Pigott
Board Chair
Wilmette, Illinois

Ann Benschoter
Immediate Past Board Chair
Waverly, Iowa

Kelly Cervantes
Secretary
Maplewood, New Jersey

Kathy McKenna
Treasurer
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Michael Axelrod
Elmhurst, Illinois

Lisa Cotton
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Blake Cunneen
La Grange, Illinois

Marilynn Kelly Gardner
Chicago, Illinois

Carrie Garman
Downers Grove, Illinois

Celia Huber
Palo Alto, California

David Reifman
Chicago, Illinois

Beth Lewin Dean
Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio
Chicago, Illinois

 

Scientific Advisory Council

 

James Cloyd, PharmD
University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy

Kelly Knupp, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Daniel Lowenstein, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Eric Marsh, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Manisha Patel, PhD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Vicky Whittemore, PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Program Director

 

 

Thank You To Our Patrons

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