Epilepsy Foundation Hosting its Annual Care & Cure Benefit to END EPILEPSY® Virtually

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Proceeds to Fund Epilepsy Genetics Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting its Annual Care & Cure Benefit on September 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. PT. This year’s event, which will be held virtually, will honor Hannah Minghella, head of Motion Pictures at Bad Robot. Money raised at Care & Cure supports the funding of pediatric epilepsy specialists who specifically care for children, as well as research cures for children facing epilepsy in Southern California to improve their quality of life. This year, Care & Cure will fund and establish an epilepsy genetics program within the division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“Even in times like these, seizures haven’t stopped and neither has our work to ensure every child with epilepsy has access to high-quality, life-changing epilepsy treatment,” said Mark Borman co-chair, Care & Cure Los Angeles.

“The goal of the CHLA pediatrics genetics program is to train pediatric epilepsy geneticists to ensure all children with epilepsy receive the care they need today and for generations to come,” said Andrew Gumpert, co-chair, Care & Cure Los Angeles.

Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of brain disorders with many different causes, and its impact on children and their families can be devastating and perilous. Close to half a million children in the U.S. suffer from epilepsy, and a staggering 30% of them experience uncontrolled seizures.

This year’s virtual gala will include a discussion by Dr. Deborah Holder, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at CHLA; and a featured video with Dr. Arthur Partikian, clinical associate professor of Pediatrics & Neurology at USC and his epilepsy warrior Edward Kashkarian. In addition, there will be a performance by Moorpark and Magnolia.

“Having a geneticist specializing in pediatric epilepsy will enable more children to receive a confirmed genetic diagnosis as a cause for their epilepsy, which should lead to more effective treatment options and better seizure control,” said Dr. Holder.

Over the past 13 years, Care & Cure has funded the specialty training of 30 fellows at epilepsy centers across Southern California and those fellows have provided specialty care and participated in clinical research. Care & Cure has also funded research projects and helped fund statewide advocacy, education on seizure first aid, and the launch of three pediatric dietary therapy programs at UCLA, LAC+USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

This year’s honoree, Hannah Minghella, was recently appointed to Head of Motion Pictures at Bad Robot for JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath. Prior to her appointment at Bad Robot, Minghella spent 14 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment. She first joined Sony in 2005 from Miramax as a director of creative affairs under then Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal. In 2008, she was appointed president of production at Sony Pictures Animation, overseeing the launch of franchises Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs.

Previous honorees include Doug Belgrad, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Michael De Luca, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Marc Evans, Bryan Lourd, Adam McKay, Mary Parent, Amy Pascal, Shira Piven, Steve Tisch, Patrick Wachsberger, Brad Weston, and Patrick Whitesell.

For more information about the Los Angeles Care & Cure Benefit or to purchase tickets, please visit careandcure.org/LA.

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 Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy. 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 $68.7 million for epilepsy research and supporting 3,091 epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. Over the past 18 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 123,470 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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