Newport Foundation Continuing Support of Epilepsy Foundation Will Enhance Long Term Research for People Living with Epilepsy
October 25, 2012
$250K Gift Will Accelerate Much Needed Treatments and Therapies
for Over Two Million Americans
November 1, 2012 – The Newport Foundation has continued their decade-long support of the Epilepsy Foundation by giving a $250K contribution toward new and innovative epilepsy research and therapies.
"Jacalyn and William Moyer, and the Newport Foundation, have a strong and long-lasting commitment to helping make a real difference in the lives of people with epilepsy," said Philip M. Gattone, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation and the father of a child with epilepsy. "The Newport Foundation is setting a great example for the overall community to help change lives. Although we have made great research strides toward understanding epilepsy, at least one-third of people living with the condition still have uncontrollable seizures, and many more have less than optimal seizure control or unacceptable side effects. More research funding is needed."
During its existence, the Epilepsy Foundation has dedicated $50M to research and therapies, including providing initial grants to many of the top epilepsy scientists working in the field today.Donations like the one received from the Newport Foundation allow the Foundation to continue to build on a research legacy that will ultimately lead to better treatments and a cure for epilepsy.
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more than two million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, 30 to 40 percent of people with epilepsy continue to experience seizures.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation's mission is to stop seizures, find cures and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.