New York, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
On April 20, 2013 the Epilepsy Foundation of America held its 7th National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, DC. Fourteen teams walked to raise funds for the American Epilepsy Society (AES). Team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) walked in this category and raised over $25,000 for AES. They are now the proud recipients of the 2013 Yale Cup for their fundraising achievement.
Team captain, Dr. Lorna Myers, Director of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group and clinical psychologist commented: “We joined the walk this year to raise funds for the American Epilepsy Society because we know that 100% of the funds raised for AES go to support epilepsy research and education of epilepsy doctors and specialists. Our motivated team of 48 members was made up of patients, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, moms, dads, medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, research assistants, and office support staff.”
The team’s initial goal was $5000. By the day of the walk, the team had raised a whopping $26,074.77! This incredible amount was the result of 4 months of hard work which included patients knitting purple scarves for raffling, others selling these raffle tickets in New Jersey stores and to neighbors; support staff selling the tickets in most NEREG offices; donation buckets placed in most NEREG waiting rooms; one mom who sold t-shirts, another mom who held fundraising events at her spa; all types of social media and steady donations from the NEREG docs. Efforts were so impressive that on the last week, the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group doctors announced they would match the amount raised to support the incredible efforts made during those four months.
With almost 3 million people in the U.S. having some form of epilepsy, and one in ten adults likely to experience a seizure during their lifetime, supporting epilepsy research and training doctors to work with epilepsy patients is essential. Presently, there are more than 20 available anti-epilepsy medications, as well as electronic treatment devices, diet therapies, and new state-of-the art diagnostic tools. Future and highly promising treatments in epilepsy are being explored every day and need financial support to move forward. The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in the nation, with roots dating to 1898. Its mission is to promote education for professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.