Bloomington, MN (PRWEB) July 5, 2006
Encephalitis Global, Inc. is pleased to announce its fifth annual conference on September 8-10, 2006 in Bloomington, Minnesota (10 miles south of Minneapolis). The organization’s FACES (Friends And Caregivers Encephalitis Survivors) Conference welcomes anyone who has been touched by encephalitis including survivors, caregivers, family members and friends. The Conference provides education and support to those coping with encephalitis and is active in raising awareness of this serious disease and the daily struggles that survivors and their families face. Encephalitis Global, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, often caused by a viral infection such as West Nile virus or a simple cold sore. “It can strike anyone at any age,” says Wendy Station, Encephalitis Global’s President and an encephalitis survivor, “and those who survive often face a range of serious cognitive and physical impairments.”
Sherry Drescher, another survivor and a conference organizer explains: “The residuals of this rare disease change a survivor’s life dramatically. Many survivors are left with a variety of medical issues. Some of the more common problems include: speech and language difficulties, memory problems, fatigue, sleep disorders, mobility problems, headaches and often seizures."
Ches Bevan contracted encephalitis in 1975 and has attended every FACES Conference. He is enthusiastic that some day researchers will find a cure. “In the meantime,” says Mr. Bevan, “we continue to fight to regain as much function as we can, with the extraordinary support from the community that has developed among other survivors and loved ones.”
This year’s Conference host is Denny Hill of Minneapolis MN. Mr. Hill had encephalitis in 1963 at the age of 18. He says, “Our program includes a speaker who is a former US Olympic gymnastics coach, who is also an encephalitis survivor. Feel free to contact us for more information. This should be another great Conference.” The Conference will also focus on workshops to exchange information on coping strategies for survivors and their loved ones.
Visit the Encephalitis Global website at encephalitisglobal.com and click the FACES2006 logo for more FACES Conference information.
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