Chanda Gunn, US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Goalie, and Team, Donate Signed Shirt on Ebay to Support New Epilepsy Research

Gunn, Athlete with Epilepsy, Shares Daily Olympic Experience from Torino with Other Patients Through Epilepsy.com Blog

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The Epilepsy Therapy Development Project (ETDP), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing innovative new therapies for people afflicted with epilepsy, announced that Chanda Gunn, goalie for the US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team, along with her teammates, has donated a signed 2006 US Team jersey to support research into the discovery and development of new treatments for people with epilepsy. All proceeds from the sale of the jersey, which is being auctioned this week on eBay, will benefit epilepsy research funded through ETDP. The eBay bidding ends February 20, 2006 at 9:22 PM Eastern Time.

The ETDP encourages fans and people with epilepsy to support Chanda Gunn and watch the US Women's Ice Hockey Team all week with the United States versus Finland in a preliminary round today on USA Network at 2:30 - 5:30 PM Eastern Time. To bid on the jersey and join Chanda Gunn and her teammates in supporting epilepsy research, please visit eBay link http://cgi.ebay.com/USA-Olympic-Womens-Ice-Hockey-Jersey-signed-by-team_W0QQitemZ8765504348QQcategoryZ78147QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QqcmdZViewItem.

Chanda Gunn, age 26, has never let epilepsy defeat her. As she mentions on www.epilepsy.com, Gunn believes it is important for people with epilepsy to support one another and maintains that, "There's no reason why a person with epilepsy can't play sports or pursue their dreams." She admits to being afraid at first of playing ice hockey because of the potential for having a seizure while on the ice. But, she says, "I've learned to live with it, the fear of the unknown, because I want to really live life and for me living means playing ice hockey." To log on to Chanda's daily blog on Epilepsy.com- written directly from the Olympic Games - visit Epilepsy.com at my.epilepsy.com/?q=blog/5011.

"We are so excited and proud to have such an extraordinary athlete of Chanda's caliber, who's been winning with epilepsy, step forward to promote the discovery and development of better treatments for all people faced with epilepsy," said William Braunlich, President, of the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project. "This is the first time we have had such an accomplished athlete visibly support our mission of advancing new treatments for epilepsy. We are grateful to Chanda and her teammates for their generous donation, and we enthusiastically support them in their efforts at the Olympics."

About Chanda Gunn
Throughout her college career Gunn received numberous awards. Most recently she was awarded the Honda Inspiration Award, the Humanitarian Award for college hockey's finest citizen. During her senior year at Northeastern University in Boston, where she started an inner-city youth hockey program, Gunn won the NCAA sportsmanship-of-the-year award for 2003-04. In addition, she was named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for the nation's best women's college hockey player. Further, Gunn helped the US win the silver medal in the 2004 world championships and posted a 0.86 goals-against average. Gunn has been on the USA Women's Ice Hockey team since 2002. For a profile on and photographs of Chanda visit www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/5058268/detail.html.

Understanding Epilepsy and Seizures
More than 2.5 million people in the United States and an estimated 50 million worldwide have epilepsy. In addition, up to ten percent of the population will experience at least one seizure at some time in their lives. While available treatments help many people with epilepsy, they are ineffective for one million Americans, approximately half of whom have persistent seizures underexisting therapies, and the remainder experience severly debilitating treatment side effects. Further, people with epilepsy face significant barriers to independence and the enjoyment of life, including such obstacles as limitations on driving, unfair discrimination in school, social stigma, and an unemployment rate five times the national average. Epilepsy's medical and social cost to Americans each year exceeds $12 billion. The personal cost is incalculable.

About Epilepsy.com
Epilepsy.com is an online resource that was developed by the Epilepsy Therapy development Project to provide in depth information and community for people living with epilepsy. The mission of Epilepsy.com is to inform and empower patients, families and caregivers facing newly diagnosed epilepsy and those struggling with epilepsy that has resisted the usual treatments. Founders and editorial board members of Epilepsy.com include leading clinicians and researchers in the field of epilepsy from such renowned institutions as Harvard Medical School, New York University School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. For more information visit www.epilepsy.com.

About the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project
The Epilepsy Therapy Development Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance new therapies for people living with epilepsy. Founded in 2002 by a group of parents, distinguished physicians and researchers, the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project supports the commercialization of new therapies through direct grants and investments in promising academic and commercial projects. The organization has raised over five million dollars towards its mission. For more information visit www.epilepsytdp.org.

Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

 
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