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Across the Great Midwest

September 25, 2012

Last week was the Third International Symposium: Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Disorders, hosted by the Charlie Foundation, held this year just outside Chicago in Bloomingdale, IL. It was great to be able to bring Lauren to parts of it, see old friends, and hear of amazing new research on and applications for dietary therapies–including, of course, our superstars Gary Yellen and Nika Danial, who presented their cutting-edge CURE-sponsored research!

Gary (left) and Nika (right) with another friend of CURE, Dr. Doug Nordli

with CURE Board member Barbara Kelly and interim Executive Director Bogdan Ewendt at our CURE table, where we passed out information

Lauren and I with Christina Saninocencio from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Foundation

Lauren and I with Michelle Welborn from ICE Epilepsy Alliance

The gala on the last night, with special guest Meryl Streep, was a great event–and got good press!

Over the weekend, Lauren and I traveled up the road just a bit to Madison Wisconsin, where Mike Gomoll of Joey’s Song hosted a cd release party and benefit concert. We had a fabulous time, and got to meet up with more good friends, Eileen Sutula, who kickstarted Madison Friends of CURE and has since become an amazing advocate for CURE and epilepsy awareness; as well as John Olson, who with his climbing mentor has climbed mountains (including Mt. St. Helens!) for epilepsy awareness.

There was something for everyone at Joey’s Song!

Lauren and I with Carl and Mary Gulbrandsen

Kristin Seaborg with her son Alex, and Bill and Vicki Rowe

Special thanks to Mike Gomoll for making this all happen!

CURE’s youngest friends Alice and Natalia enjoy the music.

musician Robbie Fulks

Lauren with John Olson

On stage with Eileen and Lauren as Mike presents the check to us!

with dear friend Eileen Sutula and Lauren on stage

Lauren and Eileen’s granddaughter Alice became fast friends!

 

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