Care and Cure Institute: Training Fellows in Pediatric Epilepsy

Together we can END EPILEPSY® in children.

We dedicate "Care and Cure" to the thousands of children with various epilepsies who urgently need specialty care while we accelerate research for cures. We are activists in the fight to END EPILEPSY.

Our Purpose

Our ultimate goal is no child diagnosed with epilepsy. Until then, Care and Cure ensures that children with various epilepsies can get specialty care and that pediatric epilepsy research thrives – giving children and their families hope for cures.

Introduction to Care and Cure

 

Fatheree Family Story

 

Why Pediatric Specialty Care is Urgent

  • Children are the most vulnerable - 50% of cases begin in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
  • Seizures and epilepsies can have a devastating effect on the developing brain, including intellectual disability, functional limitations and learning delays, and may even result in early death.
  • Early intervention and action is crucial to prevent and minimize the negative impact of epilepsy.
  • There continues to be a chronic shortage of doctors to meet the demand for specialized epilepsy care. Families often have to wait 6 to 12 months to see a pediatric epilepsy specialist.

Upcoming Events

  • Los Angeles Care and Cure: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Honoring Hannah Minghella, Head of Motion Pictures, Bad Robot.
  • Orange County Care and Cure: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton -- Laguna Niguel
  • San Francisco Care and Cure: Rescheduled to March 26, 2021. More details to come. 

Inspiration

Mark Borman and Andrew Gumpert founded the Care and Cure program more than 15 years ago in Los Angeles. The annual Care and Cure Gala has benefited the training of fellows in pediatric epilepsy. Care and Cure was inspired by their quest to secure treatment for their children -- Mark's son Ari and Andrew's daughter Chloe -- who are disabled because of seizures and severe forms of epilepsy.

Accomplishments and Partnerships

Since inception, the Care and Cure Benefit has raised over $12 million to support:

  • 30+ Care and Cure Fellows Trained
  • 3 Permanent Training Fellowships
  • 1 New Faculty Position in Epilepsy
  • 3 Pediatric Dietary Therapy Programs
  • 1 Clinic for the Underserved
  • 2 Focused Research Projects
  • Advocacy and Helpline for Families

Our Care and Cure Fellow Training Partners and Epilepsy Centers include:

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Mattel Children’s Hospital, California
  • Los Angeles County and University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center, California
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, California
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center, California
  • University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, California
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital, Florida

Learn about our Care and Cure Fellows

Program Goals - What's next?

  • Host Care and Cure Gala in at least one new city (San Francisco) in 2020
  • Expand Care and Cure to other top need cities. These are cities where wait times to see a pediatric epilepsy specialist are more than 6 months.
  • Establish pediatric epilepsy fellowship endowments in each new market where appropriate and capacity exists.
  • Continue to grow existing Care and Cure Benefit Galas, ensuring there are sustainable funds to continue to train fellows and retain their expertise locally
  • Fund leading-edge research and treatments and advance their use expeditiously, as appropriate

Opportunities to Give

  • $1,000,000 Endowed/Named Fellowship
  • $100,000 Named Fellowship - One Year of Training
  • $10,000 Fund a Fellow for a Month
  • $2,000 Fund a Fellow for a Week
  • $275 Fund a Fellow for a Day
Authored By: 
Epilepsy Foundation Care and Cure Institute
Authored Date: 
01/2020