We love to draw attention to important causes in our community — and we’re especially excited about one initiative that complements our own company’s commitment to developing tomorrow’s leaders.
Epilepsy matters to us, and it’s intensely personal. CVC co-founder Ann Speer’s son, Brandon, has epilepsy, a neurological disorder experienced by 1 in 10 Americans at least once in a lifetime. Epilepsy and seizures more regularly affect nearly 3 million Americans of all ages, at an estimated yearly cost of $17.6 billion in direct and indirect costs, according to the national Epilepsy Foundation.
We hope you’ll learn more about this condition, which is much more prevalent than many people realize, and support initiatives that profoundly help those who have it. One fantastic way to help kids with epilepsy have hope, make friends, get excited about their future and find their unique and valuable places in the world is to help fund the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp, held each year in the Colorado mountains. The camp is attended by kids from all over the nation and is the beneficiary of proceeds raised by the annual gala hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado.
Please consider attending this wonderful — and wonderfully inspiring — evening of live music and dancing, silent and live auctions and decadent foods. The details:
When: 6 p.m., April 14, 2012
Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Denver
The striking image on this page was carefully selected to represent this year’s gala. It’s an homage, painted in 1965 by an anonymous artist in homage to Vincent Van Gogh. Titled, “The Red Curtain,” it the conveys the stark reality of life with epilepsy. The the image doesn’t mask the difficulties of having seizures and also communicates the richness of talent and life that will not be compromised by epilepsy.
We see all the time how young people thrive despite their condition. Among them is Brandon, who will join a select group of teenagers from across the country for “Kids Speak Up” in Washington, D.C., April 1-3. The initiative, sponsored by the national Epilepsy Foundation, gives youth the opportunity to meet with their congressional representatives to discuss epilepsy and push for public funding that helps to care for people with the condition.
CVC Enterprises specializes in nonprofit development and management. For obvious reasons, we especially welcome hearing from organizations devoted to causes related to epilepsy.