"Having battled this challenging condition for years, I understand first-hand the impact of the disease and how important it is to help others navigate living with it," says golfer Nicole Jeray.
(PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Narcolepsy Network thanks LPGA golfer Nicole Jeray for her Swinging for Sleep campaign, which raised more than $35,000 this year. Through the campaign, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and individual sponsors made a donation for each of Nicole’s 121 birdies on this year’s LPGA/LPGA Futures tours. Proceeds were shared between Narcolepsy Network, the oldest narcolepsy patient support organization in the U.S., and Wake Up Narcolepsy a nonprofit advancing narcolepsy awareness and treatment.
"Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that often takes years to properly diagnose,” says Jeray, who has the disorder. “Having battled this challenging condition for years, I understand first-hand the impact of the disease and how important it is to help others navigate living with it."
“Nicole is such an inspiring person, on and off the golf course,” says Eveline Honig, MD, Narcolepsy Network’s executive director. “We are so fortunate that she is willing to share both her talent and her experiences as a person with narcolepsy to raise money and awareness for our organizations.”
Narcolepsy is a medical disorder that impacts approximately 1 in 2,000 people in the United States. Many people are unaware of the condition and go undiagnosed. The disease is a sleep disorder, involving irregular patterns in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and significant disruptions of the normal sleep/wake cycle. While the cause of narcolepsy is not completely understood, current research points to a combination of genetic and environmental factors that influence the immune system.
Narcolepsy Network is a national patient support organization founded in 1986. Its primary focus is to educate and inform those with narcolepsy; promote early diagnosis, optimal treatments and scientific research; provide emotional support and resources to patients and families; serve as a resource center for those with the disorder as well as medical providers, educators, employers and the public; and increase public awareness of narcolepsy.
More information about narcolepsy and Narcolepsy Network is available at http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org.