December 2014
Our Annual Appeal

Dear friend,

We had no history of epilepsy in my family. When I was diagnosed - before The Matty Fund was founded - we didn't have anywhere to turn.

My name is Bryant Estrada, and I have been living with epilepsy for 16 years, since I was 7 years old. But I have never let this condition stop me from reaching my goals.

In 2009, I was awarded one of The Matty Fund's annual college scholarships for students with epilepsy and I went on to study abroad before graduating from Brown University. Now, I work at a school in Central Falls where I'm able to give back and help young people meet the challenges they face.

When I learned about The Matty Fund's scholarship program, it was the first time I had found an organization specifically dedicated to ensuring the success of children with epilepsy.

I have come to know the powerful sense of community that families helped by The Matty Fund feel. Looking back on what my parents and I went through growing up, I know that the programs The Matty Fund offers help reduce the stigma and anxiety many children with epilepsy face.
The Matty Fund is Rhode Island's leading resource for families and children living with epilepsy. In addition to awarding scholarships, The Matty Fund promotes epilepsy awareness through educational programs, support groups, aid for epilepsy research and education, and family events.

The Matty Fund is able to touch the lives of so many families because of the generous support of donors like you. As this year draws to a close, I hope you will consider making a donation to make success stories possible for more children living with epilepsy.

Thank you for your generosity and continued support of The Matty Fund. It means so much to families like mine.


Bryant Estrada
On behalf of all of us at The Matty Fund, we wish you happy, healthy holiday season and all the best for the new year. Thank you for everything you do for our community all year long! 
- The Matty Fund Team
Making News
Last weekend, The Providence Journal published an essay by our executive director, Marisol Garcia, and Rhode Island Hospital's Dr. Preeti Gupta about how we help families touched by epilepsy overcome challenges. Be sure to read it here!

The 2015 Snow Angel Ball
The 2015 Snow Angel Ball will be held on January 24.

Help us make this year's auction the best yet! We are seeking donations like professional services, travel opportunities and unique merchandise. Please
click here for an auction donation form.

Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, The Matty Fund is able to provide support, raise awareness, promote patient well-being, and improve the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy and seizures.

If you know a family that could benefit from our programs and services, please encourage them to contact our resource center at 401-789-7330 or visit

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