Thursday, May 31, 2012

Former UConn Athletes Spearhead Fight Against Epilepsy

Former UConn baseball player David Fradkin and his wife, former UConn swimmer Monica (Rose) Fradkin, are spearheading the fight to raise money and awareness for epilepsy with the S4 Epilepsy Walk, Dinner and Silent Auction in Southbury on June 9.

Here's the release on the event:

The S4 Epilepsy Walk, Dinner and Silent Auction, rapidly becoming known as an event having “Southbury Feel With National Appeal,” will commence at Ballantine Park with a 2.74 mile charity walk and continue with a day of fun, food and family activities.  Over 550 guests are already registered and are now members of the S4 Team. 

S4 stands for “Sarah and Southbury Strikeout Seizures,” in which the Fradkin Family of Southbury, CT hope to increase awareness and raise funds for epilepsy research in honor of their 11 year old daughter, Sarah, who was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 6 years old.

Pre-registration on-line is encouraged at the S4 website at  Gift packet pick-up for pre-registered guests will begin at 1:04 p.m. at Ballantine Park.  Welcoming events will start at 2:24 p.m. with the S4 video courtesy of Sniffen Productions highlighting Sarah’s inspirational story.

Leo’s Restaurant of Southbury has stepped up to the plate as the lead food sponsor and is coordinating efforts with Valley Provisions (Boar’s Head Brand Distributor), Seńor Pancho’s, Julio’s Wood Fired Pizza and Grill, and Empire Szechuan to serve up a great taste of Southbury.   County Line Auto of CT is sponsoring a basketball shootout and MetroGrass of NY is sponsoring a putting contest.  Jimmy D with Jimmy D Productions will provide music and entertainment.  With the generous support of Joseph Merritt and Co./Merritt Graphics and their custom signage, Ballantine Park will look fabulous on June 9th.  

There will be a large number of unique items available for silent auction bidding that have been donated from around the country and by regional businesses.  The “National Appeal” of the event has been further enhanced by the support of many major league players who have joined the S4 team.  Winning bidders will have the opportunity to experience once in a lifetime access at many ballparks and exclusive golf clubs.  Bidding on these experiences will begin June 4th and continue through June 26th at  

Proceeds raised at the June 9th S4 event and the online auction will benefit CURE, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.   Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans of all ages.  About 200,000 new cases of epilepsy occur every year.  1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.  Funding for epilepsy research is only a fraction of that given to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other well know diseases, yet more people suffer from epilepsy than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s combined.

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