Epilepsy Foundation New England Hires RI Liaison, Launches ‘Lunch and Learn’ Events

Expanded RI presence integrates newly announced Matty Project, connects epilepsy community to services for children, adults, and families.

Wilmington, Mass – April 13, 2017 – Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE), today announces it has hired its first Rhode Island Field Service Manager, Jeremy Brodeur. As EFNE continues to expand its presence in RI, Brodeur will lead programs and services throughout the state to support children, adults, and families living with epilepsy, including its new ‘lunch and learn’ event series and The Matty Project.

EFNE’s first RI Lunch and Learn event will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 11:45 am -12:30 pm during this spring’s Camp Matty program at the Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth, Mass. A panel of medical and EFNE staff will discuss how parents can tell if their child is ready for an epilepsy camp program. The event series aims to connect individuals to resources and programs throughout the epilepsy community including healthcare, education, workforce development, and support and service providers.

Brodeur brings to his new role a personal connection to epilepsy and involvement with The Matty Fund (now The Matty Project, an initiative of EFNE). Brodeur is a former small business owner and most recently served as project manager of several initiatives for Bristol Community College, where he was also an adjunct instructor. He is currently working towards his Master of Public Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

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In addition to the RI Lunch and Learn series, Brodeur will serve as a liaison for all locally based EFNE services and programs. He will lead The Matty Project, which became an initiative of EFNE in January. The Matty Project focuses on grassroots programming and community building, which EFNE will continue in Rhode Island as well as expand across the New England states.

“We are here to let people know they are not alone in their fight against epilepsy – there is help and there is hope,” said Susan Linn, president and CEO of EFNE. “We are proud to welcome Jeremy as one of many new chapter initiatives unfolding within EFNE. Through Jeremy’s efforts and our expanded presence, we will continue to raise awareness of epilepsy, promote open conversation and acceptance, and provide critical support and resources to children, adults, and their families.”

Founded in 1981, EFNE’s mission is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. In the U.S., there are more with epilepsy individuals (3 million) than with autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease combined.

“EFNE’s mission connects with my own personal experience and passion,” said Brodeur. “I’m excited to help lead EFNE’s transition into Rhode Island and to expand the reach and impact of our programs to individuals and families throughout the state and beyond.”

Along with the RI Lunch and Learn series, upcoming EFNE/RI events are:
– Camp Matty Spring Session – 4/17-20
– Young Adults Retreat – 4/21-23
– Matty 5k Run/Walk – RI – 5/27
– Kids Overnight Program – 7/9-12
– Family Camp Program – 7/12-15
– Camp Matty Summer Session – 8/7-10
– Camp Retreat for Adults – 9/8-10
– Walk for Epilepsy Rhode Island – RI – 10/29

Additional events will be announced. For more information about EFNE, services, or to attend upcoming camps and events, visit www.epilepsynewengland.org.

About Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE)
Founded in 1981, EFNE has been leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. In the U.S., 1 in 26 people develop epilepsy in their lifetime. EFNE brings communities together to raise awareness, fund education and research, and provide resources and support children, adults, and families in their fight against epilepsy.

In January 2017, EFNE undertook the programs and services of the Rhode Island-based Matty Fund, now The Matty Project, to strengthen its offerings to children and families as well as expand support for adults living with epilepsy in Rhode Island.

If you or someone you know is living with epilepsy, get connected to programs and services in your area by contacting EFNE at (617) 506-6041 or www.epilepsynewengland.org.

Giselle Mahoney
RDW Group
(401) 553-5162


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