April 2015 NEWSLETTER
Serving epilepsy patients in Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border


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Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California and  are tax deductible .
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Free Training | Education
Schools, businesses and community groups receive free training on seizure recognition and first aid.
Schedule yours today:
(415) 677-4011
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With Gratitude to
2014 Gala Sponsors

Gold 
Remick Family Foundation

 
Silver
Prakash Arunachalam
Chrisman Family Trust
Falasco Keeney Family
Edie E. Zusman MD &
Stephen Pratt

 
 
Pacific Brain and Spine
 

Benefactor
Ken and Veronika Archer
Nancy and Fred Teichert
Charles Wilson, MD &
Frances Petrocelli
Frank and Lesley Yeary

Education  Works!

EFNC teamed up with Burlingame High School's (BHS) Principal Di Yim to bring our Epilepsy Recognition and First Aid training to almost 100 teachers  and school staff. Dr. Courtney Wusthoff , from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital ,  Stanford Medical Center , donated her time to give the training. BHS staff expressed appreciation for the training:


Principal Di Yim

Thank you for presenting such an informative epilepsy awareness training program at BHS. The school and teachers really care about helping our kids, and everyone benefits from the extra training: teachers, students and families. The training will help all of us work together on epilepsy related educational and medical challenges.  

Our students often stress about missing school and work piling up from missed days. I loved your training because it helps us to help our students navigate their school work and deal with the challenges of epilepsy. We can work as partners to our students and families. We feel more comfortable about epilepsy and surrounding issues thanks to your excellent training. Thank you!

To schedule a Seizure Recognition and First Aid training at your child's school call 415.677.4011 or email katie@epilepsynorcal.org. All trainings are provided free of charge by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California.
Epilepsy Awareness Stroll 

ONE-MONTH Countdown

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

 

Together We CAN
$34,500 raised
45 teams

 

Invite Your Family, Friends, Colleagues!

 

$100 minimum per person
Every donation helps the fight against epilepsy. 


Includes
: Entrance to Six Flags, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Soft Drinks, Tee-Shirt, One Raffle Ticket for a Trip to San Diego for a family of four!
 

Athletes Raise Epilepsy  Awareness
Do You Stroll? Swim? Climb? 
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Meet Carlos--Taking the Plunge
A Swim to Alcatraz--May 9, 2015
Father of children with epilepsy

Why a 1.5 mile swim through the 50 degree waters of SF Bay?  "My original plan was to stay on land and Stroll with EFNC at Six Flags. Due to a date conflict, Plan B is in action. As an avid swimmer, I decided this would be a great opportunity to support and raise awareness with my family. I only wish the water was warmer; even in a wet suit it takes a good 10 minutes to warm-up and catch your breath!" More about Carlos' plunge

Meet John--Climbing to Conquer Epilepsy
Mount Shasta Climb
May 11-12, 2015
Epilepsy patient

John will climb his 16th mountain, over 14,000 feet,  to promote epilepsy awareness and encourage others to overcome obstacles that stem from seizure disorders. John was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age--it does not stop him "Some people with epilepsy believe they can't participate in activities like skiing, snowboarding or biking, but if you take the right precautions, anything is POSSIBLE," John says.  More here
We Are In This Together
Supporting Siblings of Children With Epilepsy
 
Many children with epilepsy and their families go through a period of adjustment at some point after the diagnosis. Most families settle down with a new routine and adjust well. What is less appreciated is the stress felt by the brothers and sisters (siblings) of some children with epilepsy.

Siblings find adjustment challenging.  Behavioral difficulties occur more commonly in children with epilepsy: One-quarter of children with uncomplicated epilepsy and just over half of children with complicated epilepsy will demonstrate difficulties in their social-emotional functioning. These types of difficulties can complicate interactions with siblings and make parenting more difficult.  More here.
Building Our Youth Community
Mighty Mike Basketball Camp
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, CA

Kids with epilepsy and children who have parents with epilepsy need their siblings and friends. Just ask Mighty Mike--he connects with kids!

Sunday, May 3, 2015
12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Ages 7-14
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Campers are encouraged to bring  a sibling/friend!

$20--Scholarships Available
NEW--Also open to children who have parents with epilepsy.

Included: Mighty Mike tee-shirt & basketball 
More about the Bounce Out the Stigma Program here.

Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015
Questions? 415.677.4011/ tracie@epilepsynorcal.org
Ten Truths About Epilepsy
What's True? What's Not?

Although epilepsy has affected people for millions of years, myths about the disorder still exist. Listen to Dr. Robert Fisher, Stanford Medical Center E pileptologist,  Researcher,  and  member of the E FNC Professional Advisory Board.  

10 Truths About Epilepsy