Wilmington-Based Epilepsy Foundation New England Expands Into Rhode Island

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Epilepsy Foundation New England is headquartered at 335 Main Street, Unit 8 in Wilmington.)

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE) announced it has hired its first Rhode Island field service manager Jeremy Brodeur. As EFNE continues to expand its presence in Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island Lunch and Learn event will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., during this spring’s Camp Matty program at the Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth. 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 health care, 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.

In addition to the Rhode Island 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.”

For more information about EFNE, services, or to attend upcoming camps and events, visit http://epilepsynewengland.org.

(NOTE: The above press release is from Epilepsy Foundation New England.)

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