Washington, DC, December 26, 2012 (PRWEB) December 26, 2012
The Epilepsy Foundation (EF) and the Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP) announced today that their Boards of Directors have unanimously approved the merger of the two organizations. The new organization, known as the Epilepsy Foundation, will fight for more than two million Americans and their families living with epilepsy today and the one in 26 Americans who will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. The new mission of the Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. This strategic merger of the EF and ETP has garnered tremendous support from leaders in the healthcare advocacy and research communities.
“The Epilepsy Community has an obligation and now an opportunity to step forward with a strong unified voice to bring greater resources to bear at the national and at the local level to improve the lives of people with epilepsy” said Warren Lammert, Chairman and co-founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project. “The merger of the EF and ETP creates an opportunity, working together with the 47 local affiliates of the Epilepsy Foundation, to be make a real difference through a comprehensive agenda that includes education, advocacy, awareness, local services and supporting research and the development of new therapies in a time frame that matters to people living with epilepsy today.
“Across all diseases and life-threatening conditions, patient-focused organizations – and patients themselves – are leading the way toward better treatments,” said Michael Milken, chairman of FasterCures. “The merged resources of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and the Epilepsy Foundation will give individuals living with the condition – and their families – an even stronger advocate and partner working to accelerate researc
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