December 11, 2018

CURE Update: Scholarships, Infantile Spasms Resources, and Giving Opportunities

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Dr. Laura Lubbers (CURE), Tom Stanton (Danny Did Foundation), and Sally Schaeffer (SUDEP Institute) at the American Epilepsy Society Meeting

As 2018 draws to a close, CURE is looking ahead toward the future of epilepsy research.

This week, we were proud to announce our 2018 grant recipients at the American Epilepsy Society Meeting. Their innovative projects range from using cutting-edge technology to control the precise moment inhibitory neurons fire to identifying the origin of seizures by analyzing DNA fragments in the blood. These novel studies aim to enhance our understanding of epilepsy and develop treatments with the goal of “no seizures, no side effects.”

Ensure our mission continues: join a generous donor who will match all new and increased donations made before December 31 up to $250,000, by making your year-end gift today. Read more about the matched donation below or make a gift here.

Also in this update…

Best regards,

Laura S. Lubbers, PhD

Starting December 15 – Apply for a $5,000 Scholarship!

Mark your calendars! We’re accepting applications for the 2019 Education Enrichment Fund (EEF) scholarship starting December 15. The application deadline is April 15, 2019. The EEF scholarship covers up to $5,000 of the recipient’s tuition, books, and any other course-required materials.

Made possible by generous support from Lundbeck for the fourth year, this one-time scholarship is awarded to those living with epilepsy or to family members and caregivers of those impacted by epilepsy. The scholarship supports coursework aiming to advance personal knowledge in epilepsy research, health education, awareness, or advocacy.

For details regarding eligibility and requirements, click here.

Questions? Please reach out to us at scholarship@cureepilepsy.org.

One Donation, Double Impact: Your December Gift will be Matched!

Matched DonationThis giving season, a single gift can make an even bigger difference in the fight against epilepsy. A generous donor will match all new and increased donations made in December up to $250,000.

CURE is working to find a cure for epilepsy by remaining laser-focused on research. Help save and transform millions of lives through research with your doubled year-end donation.

Your gift to CURE is 100% tax deductible.

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It’s the Final Day of Infantile Spasms Awareness Week: Share These Resources

Infantile spasms appear subtle but can have devastating consequences for children. Primary care doctors and parents alike are often not familiar with the signs and symptoms of infantile spasms, so many children don’t receive treatment during the critical window following the emergence of symptoms.

Learn the signs of infantile spasms and what to do if you detect them from this video by the Brain Recovery Project, created on behalf of the Infantile Spasms Action Network:

Sadly, even with timely medical intervention, many infants do not respond to available treatments for infantile spasms, giving these children a dire prognosis.

More research on infantile spasms and the development of new treatments is critical. We encourage you to share this video with friends and family to help them better understand this need:

To learn more about infantile spasms, head to our FAQ.

How Your Holiday Shopping Can Support Epilepsy Research

Whether you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping or just getting started, your online purchases can help fund epilepsy research.

When you click here, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to CURE at no cost to you. Bookmark and shop at smile.amazon.com this holiday season to make your gifts extra special!

In addition to AmazonSmile, you can support epilepsy research and find the perfect gifts for friends and family through other organizations, such as Giftfluence.

Looking to give a book-lover the gift of awareness? Consider giving A Mind Unraveled and VOICES from the HEART!

A Mind Unraveled, a critically-acclaimed memoir by New York Times Best Selling author Kurt Eichenwald, is an inspiring book that tackles epilepsy stigma head-on. 50% of royalties from A Mind Unraveled benefit CURE. In Louis Stanislaw’s VOICES from the HEART, you’ll find 30 essays from people impacted by epilepsy exploring the challenges, triumphs, and truths about living with this condition. 50% of sales from VOICES from the HEART benefit CURE.

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