From the Director
As many of you already know, November is EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH. At this time of year, we reflect on the challenges faced by those diagnosed with epilepsy and how we cope with these challenges. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our Matty Fund children and their families. This month, our staff and families will be visiting legislators around the state and making them 'epilepsy aware'. On Friday November 13th, join with us at the URI Women's Basketball Game vs. Syracuse for our annual "Purple Out." Click here for more details. Wear your purple all month and show your support for those affected by epilepsy!
In October, we hosted two special events for caregivers and medical professionals. Over 50 people attended our workshop "Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy" held on October 8th. John N. Gaitianis, MD chief of Pediatric Neurology at Tufts Medical Center presented a comprehensive look at the biology of cannabinoids (CBD) and their potential use in treating epilepsy. On October 14th, the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University presented the 11th Annual Matthew Siravo Memorial Lecture to over 65 medical professionals. Anne T. Berg, MD, PhD, Research Professor at the Epilepsy Center of the Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago presented the topic, "Pediatric epilepsy grown up: seizures, life and new priorities."
During this time of Thanksgiving, we ask you to remember those who are positively impacted by our programs. In November and December please support our end-of-year campaign. Soon you will have our appeal in your mailbox and from it, you will learn about Sawyer and his experience at Camp Matty. All of our services and activities are provided free of charge to our families. Without your continued support, we could not fulfill our mission of providing resources, raising awareness, promoting patient safety and improving the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy.
In advance, we thank you for your generosity. Your gift really matters!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your families.