November is Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Each day we are Thankful for our community members who are Lighting the Way.
Audrey Kadis (Nov. 1)
Our November Gala honors Audrey Kadis, who is an advocate, volunteer, and leader for our community. For her outstanding support of the epilepsy community in honor of her two children with epilepsy, and for her lifelong devotion to Tikkun Olam (the belief that we all share the responsibility to act for social justice and to make the world a better place), we are grateful.
Matt Tice (Nov. 2)
Matt Tice tragically lost his fiancee, Erika Preve, to SUDEP, last spring. Matt has shown incredible courage during the months that have followed Erika's death. Matt, his family, Erika's family, friends, and co-workers came together to raise over $30,000 at our Boston Walk for Epilepsy.
John O'Hurley (Nov. 3)
John O'Hurley is famous for his roles in film and music, which include Mr. Peterman on Seinfeld and hosting the National Dog Show. But John is also a fierce advocate for the epilepsy community, having lost his sister Carol to SUDEP when they were teens.
Ted Bunn (Nov. 4)
As the parent of a child with epilepsy, Ted's dedication to making an impact for a better tomorrow led him to serve on our Board of Director's. He is an expert in raising support for children and families living with epilepsy.
Dr. Elizabeth Thiele (Nov. 5)
Dr. Thiele is an educator, researcher, and leader in the epilepsy community. She is internationally recognized for her work at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. She founded the MGH Ketogenic Diet Program.
Karen Secore (Nov. 6)
Secore, MS APRN, Nurse Practitioner and Instructor of Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center was a vital contributor in the development of the DHMC Epilepsy Center. We are honored to have her as a steadfast partner.
Dr. Alice Lam (Nov. 7)
Dr. Lam is a clinician scientist at MGH and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard University. Her commitment to patients extends beyond the hospital and university, assisting with support groups and volunteering at our camps.
Patty Shafer (Nov. 8)
Patricia was instrumental in the development of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has been at the center of epilepsy patient care, advocacy, and education for decades.
Dr. Barbara Dworetzky (Nov. 9)
Dr. Dworetzky, chief of Brigham & Women's Hospital Division of Epilepsy, was instrumental in the development of the program and nationally recognized for excellence in teaching, clinical care, and collaboration.
Dr. Curt LaFrance (Nov. 10)
Dr. LaFrance bridges neurology, psychiatry, and neuroscience to better understand brain-behavior disorders. We are especially grateful for his service to the veteran community.
Dr. Laurie Douglass (Nov. 11)
Dr. Douglass is at the helm of advancing Telehealth Epilepsy Care for children. Her research interests include dietary therapies, seizures in the developing brain, and transitional care.
Dr. Andrew Blum (Nov. 12)
Dr. Blum, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Rhode Island Hospital and Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at Brown University has been recognized nationally for contributions to epilepsy care, education, and research.
Dr. Barbara Jobst (Nov. 13)
Dr. Jobst established the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Intraoperative Monitoring Program and the Women's Seizure Clinic. She is a principal investigator of the CDC's Managing Epilepsy Well Networks.
Dr. Steven Schachter (Nov. 14)
Dr. Schachter of Harvard Medical School and founder of the journal 'Epilepsy and Behavior' is our champion today for his teaching and writing for the epilepsy community.
Dr. Phillip Pearl (Nov. 15)
Dr. Pearl is a teacher, writer, researcher, and piano virtuoso and we are thankful for his support of our foundation and the epilepsy community at large.
Jeff Glidden (Nov. 16)
Jeff Glidden, a leader in Boston's technology community for 40+ years, has served our Executive Board for 15+ years and played an early role in funding research to develop new epilepsy therapies.
Dr. John Gaitanis (Nov. 17)
Dr. Gaitanis, Chief of Child Neurology, Tufts Medical Center/Floating Hospital for Children, has been recognized for contributions to pediatric epilepsy care, research, and education.
James Boudrot (Nov. 18)
Jim Boudrot is an Executive Vice President with NAI Hunneman. He has served on our board since 2014. Jim initially began his involvement with us by volunteering as a fundraiser.
Bill Murphy (Nov. 19)
Bill Murphy, EFNE Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, was a founding member (1980), and first Executive Director of the Epilepsy Association of Greater Boston, now known as EFNE.
Brad Rich (Nov. 20)
Brad Rich was selected to serve as the President of Epilepsy Foundation New England Donation Center in 2015. Brad and his wife Donna have been dedicated to supporting epilepsy families since the early 1990's, when their daughter Amanda was diagnosed.
Dr. Heidi Henninger (Nov. 21)
Dr. Heidi Henninger completed her epilepsy fellowship at Yale University, and has been a leader in epilepsy care at Maine Medical Center for 15+ years. We are thankful for her steadfast commitment, caring for epilepsy families in Maine, and supporting EFNE programs.
Dr. Donald Schomer (Nov. 22)
Dr. Schomer, Chief, Division of Epilepsy, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, established the Comprehensive and Surgical Epilepsy Programs at BIDMC. He helped found the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Boston, currently EFNE. We are grateful for his vision, leadership and support of epilepsy families.
Foundation Staff (Nov. 23)
EFNE has seen tremendous change and growth in 2017. We are thankful for staff members who are committed to serving children at camp, raising funds to provide programs, guiding those in need from our help desk, growing our volunteer network, assisting job-seekers, providing education, ensuring our walks and events connect our community, and advocating for better access to epilepsy care.
State Representative Michael Day (Nov. 24)
Michael Day represents the towns of Stoneham and Winchester, MA. We are thankful for Representative Day’s leadership as a sponsor of health care bills that improve access, and eliminate barriers to vital epilepsy medications and medical care.
Dishan Bagayao (Nov. 25)
Dishan is a Psychology/Pre-Medical student at the University of Massachusetts. Dishan was selected to be an EFNE Summer Intern in 2017, dedicating her time and talent to assist in bringing a successful Art Therapy program to our epilepsy community. EFNE is thankful for Dishan, and for all our 2017 college interns.
Dr. Tracey Milligan (Nov. 26)
Dr. Milligan, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, is nationally recognized for her contributions to epilepsy patient care, research, and plays a pivotal role in medical education at Harvard. We are grateful for her leadership, and unwavering support of epilepsy families.
Dr. Andrew J. Cole (Nov. 27)
Dr. Cole is Director of the MGH Epilepsy Service, Chief, Division of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cole serves on EFNE’s Board of Directors. EFNE is thankful for his leadership, and his support of the epilepsy community.
Wendy Upson (Nov. 28)
Wendy exemplifies the compassionate determination of our EFNE volunteers. She has had a lifelong commitment to volunteering, and fundraising for multiple organizations. EFNE is grateful for her commitment to raising awareness, bringing programs, resources, and hope to Western Massachusetts families.
Our Community (Nov. 29)
We are especially thankful today for all our family and friends living with epilepsy as well as their supporters and caregivers. From raising funds at our walks, to volunteering at our camps, to supporting each other, educating and raising awareness, and advocating for the foundation we are all part of a strong, thoughtful, and caring community.
Chanda Gunn (Nov. 30)
Chanda contributes to the foundation in many ways, including heading up our Young Leaders Network, assisting in developing our camp programs, volunteering at camp, leading teams for our epilepsy walks, and building volunteer teams of youth to help at our many events.