Lapses and Laps
The rather unusual buzzword these days is sequestration, which looms with a deadline of this Friday, March 1. If these comprehensive budget cuts come to pass, the ramifications on scientific research will be enormous. According to a new report released by United for Medical Research (UMR), the nation’s life sciences sector could lose more than 20,000 jobs and face a $3 billion decline in funding if Congress fails to prevent the 5.1 percent automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These cuts would affect much more than epilepsy research–the breadth of NIH research spans the nation, encompassing many different areas of life science. 2,300 fewer grants would be funded, diminishing the pace of recent scientific breakthroughs. We will continue our push for scientific focus and funding for epilepsy and many other neurological diseases. Concerned? If so, share your thoughts with your legislators. http://www.cureepilepsy.org/news/sequestration.asp
And, Charlie, Jeffrey and Hugh are at it again this year! I’m sure those of you who joined us at our Chicago event last June will remember our three remarkable superstars: Charlie, Jeffrey and Hugh. This trio is the best of friends and when Hugh was struggling with epilepsy, Charlie and Jeffrey couldn’t sit by the sidelines. They decided to raise funds for epilepsy research by swimming lap after lap in a local pool—a “Hugh-A-Thon” they called it. They knocked on doors, spread the word and ended up raising over $6,000—an amazing accomplishment! We were lucky enough to hear their stories at our event: http://www.cureepilepsy.org/aboutcure/video/chicago2012-Hugh.asp
This Saturday, March 2, they will be back in the Westmont High School pool, hoping to raise $10,000 for epilepsy research this year. You can find more details about the “Hugh-A-Thon” on CURE’s Upcoming Events page: http://www.cureepilepsy.org/events/upcoming.asp. Let’s help them reach their goal!
There are only two days left to bid on an unforgettable “Once in an Iceland” adventure! Details on this incredible trip for two can be found at http://www.cureepilepsy.org/events/2013/iceland.asp. All proceeds support epilepsy research. Bid quickly and bid high!