Epilepsy Foundation Raises More Than $400,000 at its Second Annual Orange County Care & Cure Gala

Proceeds Fund a New Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow at Children’s Hospital Orange County 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – The Epilepsy Foundation recently hosted its 2nd Annual Orange County Care & Cure Gala that raised more than $400,000 to fund the implementation and training of a new Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC). The event, which was a critical step toward providing the quality care needed by people living with epilepsy in the County, brought together community leaders and families from around Southern California for a night of entertainment, education, and giving back.

“The gala was an exceptional success, and through the generosity of those in attendance, we managed to significantly exceed our financial goals,” said Megan Davis, Orange County Programs & Development Manager, Epilepsy Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to the attendees and sponsors who so generously supported our goals of improving access to epilepsy-specific care and funding an additional pediatric epilepsy fellow at CHOC. You are a lifeline and support system for children battling epilepsy in Orange County.”

Camila and her parents
Camila and her parents

An emotional and moving part of the evening came from a pediatric patient with epilepsy, Camila, and her parents, who all have been helped by the epileptologists at CHOC. Camila’s mother, Crystal Payan, discussed the struggles her daughter and family faced as they sought the diagnosis and care Camila so desperately needed.

“Raising money to support more fellows means more doctors for more patients,” said Camila’s care specialist, Lily Tran, M.D., director, CHOC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. “This event is an expression of love and dedication toward improving the lives of children living with epilepsy in our community.”

The funds raised at the gala will have a direct and significant impact on the epilepsy community in Orange County. The Foundation is grateful for the support of the OC Care & Cure sponsors and donors.

“What a tremendous honor it was to be a part of this important event,” said Julian Gangolli, president, North America - Greenwich Biosciences, and the event honoree. “Greenwich Biosciences is proud to support OC Care & Cure and is dedicated to positively changing the lives of those living with epilepsy.”

Greenwich Biosciences was the title sponsor of the event; Gangolli provided a generous personal donation match of $25,000.

About Epilepsy

According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.

About the Epilepsy Foundation

With a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States, the Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while also funding $65 million for epilepsy research and supporting 3,076 epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. Over the past 17 years, in partnership with the CDC, the Epilepsy Foundation has helped to improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expanded its digital reach and online resources in homes across the country, and trained more than 500,000 school and community personnel in how to recognize seizures and administer Seizure First Aid. The Foundation has also assisted more than 108,000 people through its 24/7 Helpline in the past five years, and continues to focus on innovation, new therapies, community services, advocacy and education as key priorities. To learn more visit epilepsy.com or call 1.800.332.1000. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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