Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
It is no secret that Houston is home to the world’s largest medical complex - the Texas Medical Center. As a result, the opportunities for advanced medical research are plentiful. The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation, recently launched by Houstonian Jimmy Erwin, is committed to supporting research. Mr. Erwin created The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation in memory of his son Will with the goal of bringing relief to the millions of sufferers around the globe afflicted with debilitating headaches by funding research focused on finding a cure. To fulfill its mission, the Foundation has teamed up with two leading institutions, Memorial Hermann Health System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
“This is a condition that impacts the lives of people all over the world. It’s time for an organization to step up and fix the problem and that’s what we intend to do,” stated Mr. Erwin, Founder and President of The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation.
Today, a staggering 12 percent of the American population suffer from debilitating headaches, including migraines and cluster headaches. Yet, research for a cure is seriously underfunded. In 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimated $45 million of annual funding support is dedicated to headache and migraine research – only .03 percent of the total $146 billion the organization allocates to medical research initiatives. The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation seeks to dramatically increase funding for these neurological disorders through its global fundraising efforts.
A component fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, donations to The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation can be made at http://www.cureheadaches.org.
About The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation
The mission of The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation is to bring relief to sufferers worldwide afflicted with debilitating headaches by funding research focused on finding a cure. The Foundation has teamed up with Memorial Hermann Health System and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School to fund leading research dedicated to these neurological disorders, and more importantly, bringing an end to the pain they cause. To learn more, please visit http://www.cureheadaches.org.
The Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation is a component fund of Greater Houston Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
About the Greater Houston Community Foundation
As one of Houston’s largest grant makers, GHCF provides individuals, families, corporations, and advisors with the ability to reach beyond what they could have ever imagined to expand philanthropic impact. In 2013, GHCF assets totaled over $437 million in more than 1,400 different funds, providing excellent stewardship of philanthropic assets and values. Our donors made grants of more than $107 million to a variety of nonprofits, making GHCF one of Houston’s top five grant-making organizations. GHCF’s mission is “Growing effective philanthropy by connecting donors to the causes they care about, providing excellent stewardship of assets entrusted to us, and convening resources to address important community needs.”http://www.ghcf.org
About Memorial Hermann Health System
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health care in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance. The system also operates eight suburban hospitals, a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy, three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, home health agency, retirement community, and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Solutions. Learn more about the Memorial Hermann Health System.