Doug Belgrad, Patrick Whitesell, Patrick Wachsberger, Michael De Luca, Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
Bryan Lourd, Amy Pascal, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Brad Weston
Our 2018 Honoree Mary Parent
Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production at Legendary Entertainment
Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national nor geographic boundaries.
- About 65 million people in the world are affected by epilepsy, about 3 million in the USA, and 160,000 in our region.
- About 50% of cases begin in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
- 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime, and 2 million new cases occur each year.
- Up to 50,000 people in the USA die of seizures and seizure related causes each year
- More people live with epilepsy than those with autism, Parkinson's disease, MS and cerebralpalsy combined. Yet, federal funding for epilepsy research is about $2 per person affected --nowhere near the federal funding for these other disorders which range from $65 to $1,147per person affected.
Our ultimate goal is no child diagnosed with epilepsy. Until then, your support ensures that childrenwith epilepsy can get specialty care and the epilepsy research thrives in our region – giving children and their families hope for cures.
Continuing to build on the success of CARE & CURE here in greater Los Angeles while expanding to more markets:
• Miami, FL and Orange County, CA will be our first new Care & Cure regions
• Greater Los Angeles Care & Cure now stands at 23 fellows and counting
• We remain the largest affiliate sponsor of epilepsy research
• We assist over 10,000 families in our region through care, advocacy, awareness and education
• We will lead the End Epilepsy campaign nationwide• Our annual Walk to End Epilepsy and End Epilepsy Summit reach over 5,000 in our community with support, information and resources and a platform for action.
We fulfill our mission by leading the fight to END EPILEPSY. We dedicate the Care & CureBenefit to thousands of children with epilepsy who so urgently need specialty care while we accelerate research for cures.