International Essential Tremor Foundation Kicks Off Annual Essential Tremor Research Fundraiser, Tulips for Tremor

Funding the Scientific Research That May Find a Cure for Millions

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common of all movements disorders, affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States, and millions more worldwide. At this time there is no clear understanding what causes ET, there are no medications specifically designed to treat it and there is no cure. Tulips for Tremor© is the International Essential Tremor Foundation’s annual research fundraiser, supporting research into the causes of and a cure for this life-altering neurological condition.

“Although millions are affected, little is understood about this condition,” explains Catherine Rice, executive director of the International Essential Tremor Foundation. “Anyone at any age can develop essential tremor, but it is still unclear what causes it. It is vital to fund research that will shed light on this dilemma, allowing for better treatment options and diagnostic tools in the future.”

Donations to Tulips for Tremor© will support IETF research grants. In 2013, the IETF awarded $85,000 in essential tremor research grants for projects in assistive robotics, brain tissue analysis and childhood presentation.

Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic shaking of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, although eight times more common. Because of stereotypes and a lack of awareness, many people with ET never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment.

For more information and to donate, visit the IETF at http://www.essentialtremor.org/tulips-for-tremor.

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:
Headquartered in Lenexa, KS, and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to those affected by essential tremor. The mission of the IETF is to fund research that will find the cause of essential tremor and lead to better treatments and a cure, increase awareness about ET, and provide educational materials, tools and support to healthcare providers, the public, and those directly affected by ET.

The IETF has distributed more than $685,000 in research grants, to fund 27 promising studies, in the search for the cause of ET. The Foundation has hosted numerous community awareness events across the U.S. to provide those affected with the basic knowledge necessary to become their own advocate when seeking treatment. And, the IETF also provides assistance to a vast network of support groups around the world. To learn more about essential tremor and the IETF mission, visit the IETF website at http://www.essentialtremor.org.

For comment or interview:
Catherine Rice, IETF Executive Director
913.341.3880
crice(at)essentialtremor(dot)org

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