Research Foundation IETF Encourages All to Participate in Fundraising Event -- Tulips for Tremor

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International Essential Tremor Foundation holds first national fund-raising campaign. Proceeds from Tulips for Tremor will benefit IETF's education programs and research into a cause and cure for ET.

International Essential Tremor Foundation has launched its new awareness campaign -- Shaking Up Awareness About ET -- by conducting its first national fundraising campaign -- Tulips for Tremor and are offering free community education events in cities across the United States.

IETF is the only organization in the world dedicated to serving individuals with ET and their families, plus funding research into finding a cause for this primarily genetic condition. http://www.essentialtremor.org

ET is bound by stereotypes that leave those affected isolated, anxious and depressed. ET is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease and is thus mistreated. When recognized, individuals with ET are often told that there is no treatment, that it is just a condition of the elderly and must be lived with. Essential tremor is due to abnormal communication between certain areas of the brain, including the cerebellum, and brain stem.

ET affects everyday living activities such as feeding one's self, grooming and writing and at its worst is disabling. Once thought to be a condition found only in older people, the number of infants, children and adolescents being diagnosed with ET is rising.

For those individuals who have ET or know a family member or friend with this movement disorder, IETF encourages everyone to purchase tulip bulbs during the IETF's Tulips for Tremor campaign. Dutch Mill Bulb Company, a trusted name, is the supplier of the bulbs ordered and will make a beautiful addition every spring to any garden. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will benefit ET education and research programs. Orders will be accepted through Wednesday, August 15, 2007, and will be shipped no later than October 15, 2207, just in time for fall planting. Call toll free 1-888-837-3667. http://www.essentialtremor.org

"We want anyone who has interest in learning about ET to attend one of several free community education events about ET that are taking place in cities across the United States. Local neurologists will speak on the diagnostic process, symptoms and treatments of ET," commented IETF Executive Director Catherine Rice.

Community education events will be taking place in the following cities in coming weeks: July 28, Houston, TX; Aug. 4, Erie, PA; Aug. 13, Omaha, NE; Aug. 25, Colorado Springs, CO; Sept. 8, Morgantown, WV; Sept. 22, Salt Lake City, UT; Sept. 29, Chicago, IL; Oct. 5, Spokane, WA; Oct. 6, Seattle, WA; Oct. 13, Hackensack, NJ; October 16, Sacramento, CA; Oct. 20, Louisville, KY; Oct. 23, Charlottesville, VA; Oct. 26, Hershey, PA; Nov. 3, Las Vegas, NV.

For a free information packet about ET call Toll Free IETF 1-888-387-3667. For further information and schedule of the community education events visit http://www.essentialtremor.org

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