Max & Heather Berry, Brenda Porter M.D.
Candlelight Gala
presented by Sutter Health
November 21, 2015
6:00 P.M.
The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Celebrate Max, Heather & Brenda!
Please join us on
Saturday, November 21st for our
Candlelight Gala to honor
Volunteers of the Year, Max & Heather Berry and Brenda Porter M.D., on their successful launch of the first-ever Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp in California!

Max, Heather and Dr. Porter each contributed their unique skills to the success of "Mighty" Mike Basketball Camp-- teamwork at its finest! We thank you for your commitment, time and dedication to helping children with epilepsy!

Max Berry, high school student and  sibling to a sister with epilepsy, began working on his community service project in early 2014--to bring the  Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp to  California . Special thanks to Sacred Heart Preparatory Schools for donating their basketball facility and staff time. Max worked tirelessly with "Mighty" Mike Simmel, a Harlem Wizards pro; local physician offices; schools; businesses; and online special educational programs to spread the word. He  recruited  Heather Berry,  his mother and EFNC Board Member, and fellow basketball players to act as coaches for each squad; he also helped design tee shirts and basketballs to provide to each camper.  Through his leadership, Max gave a voice to children suffering from epilepsy and other neurological disorders by  providing them with a fun social activity that would not otherwise be available. Max spent many hours working to raise awareness and shed light on this condition about which he cares so deeply. 
Heather Berry hopped on board with Max to help make this program a success. She worked behind-the-scenes on logistics of Basketball Camp ensuring that every camper had a memorable experience. With a daughter affected by epilepsy, Heather's hope was  that with a little bit of help, other children with epilepsy would not be ostracized and miss out on the joys and fun of being a child. Heather has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. Her  passion and enthusiasm  has been instrumental in spreading epilepsy education and awareness in our community. 
Dr. Brenda Porter, EFNC Professional Advisory Board Member and Pediatric Epileptologist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, stepped right up to volunteer as onsite physician for the day. Fortunately there were no seizures, just a few scratches and band aids! Parents and guardians were comforted knowing that Dr. Porter was on hand to administer medications and answer any questions they had about their child's epilepsy. "Camps are wonderful for the kids, giving them a chance to build self-esteem and to form lasting friendships," she says.  Dr. Porter specializes in taking care of children with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. 
Together Max, Heather, and Dr. Porter's work is  helping to eliminate the stigma of epilepsy. We look forward to partnering with our special team and "Mighty" Mike in 2016 and e xpanding this program to the Sacramento area! Each of you enriched the lives of special kids affected by epilepsy and for that, we THANK you!
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