2020 Charity Partners

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Empowering Epilepsy

 

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Prayers From Maria

Prayers From Maria was inspired by the prayers of seven-year-old Maria McNamara, who lost her battle against a brain stem glioma in 2007. While Maria was receiving treatment at St. Jude, she prayed for other sick children that she met, hoping the doctors would find a way to help them and make them better. Prayers From Maria, founded by Maria’s parents Ed and Megan McNamara of Avon Lake, Ohio, is dedicated to answering Maria’s prayers by funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors and bringing hope to children and families who deal with the disease’s hardships. Our Planting Hope sunflower garden in Avon, Ohio, has attracted thousands and elevated awareness and fundraising for childhood brain cancer research. Our most recent $250,000 grant to Case Western Reserve University is funding cutting edge research exploring the use of nanotechnology to more effectively and less toxically treat children’s brain tumors.

Our marathon team, known as the Sunflower Striders, has raised over $100,000 in research dollars by participating in 10 marathons over the past 6 years. Participation in the Cleveland Marathon alone has raised over $65,000. Please support our team by either joining it, or by making a donation.

Email us directly:ddurbin@prayersfrommaria.org

For more information about Prayers From Maria and its impact on childhood brain tumor research, visit www.PrayersFromMaria.org.


FMDSA

The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America (FMDSA) has become the recognized leader in the support of Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) awareness, education and research. We achieved our goal by successfully raising funds for the purpose of awarding FMD research grants, building awareness programs, and educating the public and medical community. Fibromuscular dysplasia causes your arteries to form abnormally creating areas of narrowing or stenosis.  First diagnosed in 1938, there is still no known cause or cure for FMD.  90% of patients are women and headache and high blood pressure are two of the most common symptoms of the disease. FMD can lead to arterial dissections, aneurysms, stroke and death.

For more information on fibromuscular dysplasia or our organization please visit our website. You may also join our campaign and get started!


Empowering Epilepsy

Empowering Epilepsy is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to enabling people with epilepsy to take charge of their lives. We provide free or low cost programs, events, services and support that focus on improving the mind, body, spirit and lives of people living with epilepsy and their families.

Empowering Epilepsy was founded in 2014 by a group of people in Northeast Ohio who understand epilepsy first hand. People with epilepsy tend to not talk about their seizures due to the centuries old stigma surrounding epilepsy. Our mission is to change that conversation by creating a caring community in Northeast Ohio.

We hold an annual Purple Day Party in March, an Empower Your Life Conference, and an Epilepsy Awareness Month Pottery Painting Party in November. Monthly, we hold support groups in both Cleveland and Akron that consist of an hour of talk time and an hour of free Empowering Epilepsy Restorative Yoga. 

To learn more or register offline, contact Leigh@empoweringepilepsy.org.

To learn more about Empowering Epilepsy's programs and services, visit our website or join our team. You may also join our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/empoweringepilepsy!

 

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