Candlelight Gala--November 21, 2014
Serving epilepsy patients from Fresno to Monterey to the Oregon border
Candlelight Gala
for Epilepsy Care and Cure

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November 21, 2014
Julia Morgan Ballroom
San Francisco, CA

Meet Dr. Michael Chez
Epilepsy Flame Award

Michael Chez, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology for Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, will be honored with the Epilepsy Flame Award for Advocacy and Raising Awareness about Epilepsy during the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California's Candlelight Gala on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

The Flame Award will be presented to Dr. Chez, recognized epileptologist and autism specialist, for his contribution to improving the lives of children and adults throughout Northern California. The flame is the symbol of epilepsy throughout the world; it stands for bringing light to epilepsy and for being a patient advocate. 

Advocate is a word derived from the Latin-"to support".  Dr. Chez has demonstrated that passion time and again as a patient advocate. He has helped patients statewide through his work in Sacramento at the Capitol on legislation affecting epilepsy patients. Dr. Chez has taken the time to understand patients' legal rights and how decisions are made on public policy issues. He has met with California's Secretary for Health and Human Services, Diana Dooley, as well as worked with physicians from USC and UCLA to pass legislation that is critical to patients with epilepsy and other chronic diseases.


"Dr. Chez came to Northern California seven years ago because there were many children and adults he could help," said Edie Zusman, M.D., neurosurgeon, and Board Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. "Through his tireless efforts he has been a spark of hope for so many.  His patients and their families consider Dr. Michael Chez a blessing in their lives. The EFNC Flame Award is

This year's Candlelight Gala, which will be held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, is being co-chaired by Dr. Zusman and Beth Ruggles whose daughter Bronte is a patient of Dr. Chez. Bronte has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a very rare and severe form of epilepsy, and had up to ten grand mal seizures a day. When referred to Dr. Chez in 2008, he put then 15-year-old Bronte through a series of tests to identify the source of her seizures. He discovered a change in her early-onset EEG pattern. Additional monitoring showed that Bronte's seizures originated from a centralized area in her brain that was safe for surgery.


"We went from 15 years of nonstop seizures--to the great news from Dr. Chez that Bronte did have a chance for a more normal life," said Bronte's mother Beth Ruggles.


Bronte's surgery five years ago at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was successful. Now at 21 years of age Bronte's seizures are limited to less than one per night-with most nights seizure-free. Before the surgery, Bronte had four to six seizures per night.


"Without Dr. Chez' insistence that something could be done to help Bronte, she would still be bedridden without the hope of a normal life," said Bronte's mother, Beth Ruggles. "Bronte's story is just one of dozens where Dr. Chez has done so much to help his patients."


For more information regarding the Candlelight Gala, call (415) 677-4011, email, or go to

Gala Thank You Sponsors


Remick Family Foundation

Russell Andrews, M.D.
Prakash Arunachalam
Chrisman Family Trust
Falasco Keeney Family
Edie E. Zusman, M.D., and Stephen Pratt




Ken Archer
Charles Wilson, M.D. & Frances Petrocelli
Nancy & Fred Teichert

Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
155 Montgomery Street, Suite 309
San Francisco, CA 94104
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