Many thanks to Laura and Evan Makuch of Matthews, NC for giving back to the epilepsy cause. For several years Evan had a very difficult time with seizures that came on when he was 2.5 years old. After trying a number of different treatments that failed, he underwent surgery for cortical dysplasia at Duke University. The surgery was successful, and Evan has been seizure free for over three years and is doing beautifully. Most people would soon put this behind them and move on, wanting to forget those days of struggle. But not the Makuch’s. Laura contacted the Epilepsy Alliance in 2017 saying they understood there may be families without the financial resources to support the steep costs of AED’s and the regular doctor’s visits needed. She and her family wanted to give back and help make a difference in the lives of others who were going through such difficult times. She and a few of her very good friends organized “Evan’s Epilepsy Event-Cornhole for a Cause” which has been held annually since 2017. With the help of those friends and wonderful companies such as NoDa Brewing, Ernst and Young, Tijuana Flats, and Venture Disaster Recovery Division, to name a few, this event has raised approximately $40,000 for research and given direct help to those with epilepsy, with the Epilepsy Medication Fund being one of their top priorities. This years’ event will not be held due to the pandemic but that isn’t stopping the Makuch family. They have set up a Go Fund Me account in honor of Evan’s 11th birthday and all proceeds are going to Epilepsy Alliance NC. With all Spring fundraisers being cancelled, and concern for the fall events, the Alliance is extremely grateful for such support. Our biggest concern at this time is funding for the Epilepsy Medication Fund. Many folks have lost their jobs and insurance. It is crucial for those with epilepsy to have no interruption in taking medication. Epilepsy medication can be extremely expensive. “Some medicines that we cover cost as much as $3600 a month. It takes a lot of funds to keep this program going,” reported Patricia Gibson, Executive Director of the Alliance. Please join us in celebrating Evan’s upcoming birthday by clicking on Go Fund Me and help him reach his goal! In doing so, you will help prevent seizures and may well save someone’s life.