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Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

November 25, 2018

Here are the facts, unhappy though they may be…

Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological problem – only migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease occurs more frequently.

Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined.

As many people die from epilepsy as from breast cancer.

There are 200,000 new cases of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 million Americans are affected by it.

Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer’s and $280 for multiple sclerosis).

Tell Your Senators: STOP Cuts in Epilepsy Research and Disability Programs…Take Action NOW!!!

March 2, 2011
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Tell Your Senators: STOP Cuts in Epilepsy Research and Disability Programs!!! Take Action NOW!

The House of Representatives recently passed HR 1, a bill that would provide funding for millions of government programs for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The bill contains cuts to programs that are important to people with epilepsy including: $1 billion in research funding at the National Institutes of Health, of which $5 million will likely come from epilepsy.

The Senate is likely to vote on this same measure in the next week.

Please ask your Senator to vote against HR 1 when it comes to the Senate. Please also spread the word by telling a friend about these cuts, NOW.

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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