JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER
Serving epilepsy patients in Northern California from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
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2013 Recipient 
Paul E. Smith Scholarship
Caitlin Gore

Congrats to Caitlin Gore, who has been ranked in the top 10% of Colorado State University's College of Biomedical Science! She has also been inducted into three national honor societies and is on the Dean's list. 

We're proud of you Caitlin!

2014 Recipient Announced Soon--Stay Tuned. 
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Lane Auten
The Green Charitable Foundation
Remick Family Foundation
 
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Prakash Arunachalam
Falasco Keeney Family
Joe McGrath
Children's Hospital Oakland
 
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Al & Rosanne Clifford

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the Ortiz Family Pays It Forward!
Education Seminar
LIVING WITH EPILEPSY 
Children's Hospital Central California, Madera
Saturday, August 9th, 2014
8:30am - 1:00pm
FREE -- Suggested $5 donation. 
Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Patients and Families

REGISTER HERE
 
Conference Agenda

8:30am: Continental breakfast. Registration.
9:00am: Understanding Pediatric Epilepsy and Treatments
Steven Ehrreich MD, Children's Hospital Central California
9:45am: Break
10:00am: Epilepsy Safety, School Seizure Plans and Protocols
Wendy Nagle NPChildren's Hospital Central California
10:45am: Adults with Epilepsy: Treatments/ Solutions
Scheherazade Le MDStanford Epilepsy Center
11:30am: Lunch
12:00-1:00pm: 
Patient and Family Panel; Closing

Questions? Contact irene@epilepsynorcal.org
  
Hooray for Camp!
Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp
A Note From Dr. Joe

"As I arrived at camp for another year, it was wonderful to see some new faces and old. Our volunteer and CYO staff were ready to greet everyone and check them into their cabins. From the first night around the campfire it was clear the kids were already feeling very comfortable being surrounded by other kids just like them. Not only did campers share a diagnosis of epilepsy but more importantly they shared a vivacity for life. The challenges they face in their daily lives were not going to get in the way of them being what they are supposed to be...kids. 

As the week unfolded around archery, canoeing, and a trip to the beach, friendships were strengthened as campers shared their stories. This led to the final campfire and candle pass where each camper and staff member had the opportunity to share what the week meant to them. As you can imagine, many tears were shed as each of these stories gave us all something to be grateful for and to remind us to take nothing for granted. I can't wait to see all of these kids again next year and hope we can attract many more so we can add to this rich experience." 
--Dr. Joe Sullivan
NEW Yuba City Support Group
Meet Facilitator Annette

Annette and family at 2014 Stroll
Why do you want to start a support group? 
"I want to provide a place for families to find the support emotionally, physically and tangibly that they need whether they have a new diagnosis of epilepsy or have been on the journey a long time."

What do you hope to accomplish from starting this support group?
"I hope to help families know that there is HOPE and that they are not alone. Being able to equip families with support and information in a relaxing environment will hopefully help them to enjoy a moment in life where someone else can help share in their journey."

YUBA-SUTTER HOPE FOR EPILEPSY
All are welcome--families, children, caregivers. 
2nd Friday (5:30-7:00 pm) every month
Yuba City, CA at Grace Baptist Church
FIRST MEETING: August 8th 

Contact Annette at becauseofepilepsy@gmail.com for more info. 

Want to start a support group? Contact irene@epilepsynorcal.org

NEW Support Group--Coming Soon!
San Francisco--Financial District
Starting September 2015--More information to follow. 
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Run Run Run for Nikolas!
The Ortiz family with their medals.
 
A big congrats to Jodi, Nik, and the Ortiz family for completing the San Francisco Marathon on July 27th! 
 
Jodi Ortiz and several family members ran the San Francisco Marathon in honor of son Nik to raise funds to increase educational awareness in schools and workplaces--San Francisco has always been a special place for Nikolas and the very challenging marathon course represents many challenges, similar to the ups and downs of caring for a child with epilepsy. 

Stay tuned for more details about the FUN RUN Jodi is planning in Elk Grove for March 2015!

It's not too late to make a gift in honor of Nikolas or someone you love, click here or mail in this donation form.
 
Read more about Nik's story here
 
"Run Run Run began when Nik was just a little guy and we took him out to support his aunt running the California International Marathon (CIM), as he saw her come up he cheered "Run Run Run" and so it was born. Join us and pay it forward!"  
--Jodi, Mother of Nik
SAVE THE DATE
Mark Your Calendar!
 
2014 Candlelight Gala
Friday, November 21, 2014
Six O'Clock in the Evening
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA

Invite your friends and colleagues!

Veterans Affairs: Mental Health and Epilepsy
FREE Educational Audio Conference
Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:00AM-11:00AM PT

Presented by: 
Collette Evrard, NP, Portland VA Medical Center
  • Brief review of some historical aspects of mental health and epilepsy. 
  • Review of common mental health issues associated with epilepsy and their relationship. 
  • Review strategies on improving mental health and quality of life with epilepsy. 

Dial-in:  1-855-767-1051   

Access Code:  81024195 

 

Questions? 
Please contact ryan.rieger@va.gov or 415-221-4810 x 4119
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San Francisco, CA 94104

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