Monday, January 6, 2003
AUSTINTOWN -- The Mahoning Valley Epilepsy Fund Inc. will open Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will serve as a resource center for people with the disorder.
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber will perform the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the office headquarters located in Crestwood Center, Suite 15, at 25 N. Canfield Road. Local residents will speak about the benefits of having an epilepsy organization in the Mahoning Valley.
"Our goal is seeing a person who didn't know where to turn come to us, so that we can get them help and help them lead a normal life," said center director Janet I. Mau.
The resource center will feature general information about the disorder, which affects one in 100 people, treatment for epilepsy and support for people with the disorder.
The organization also will participate in advocacy for schoolchildren with the disorder and adults who work with epilepsy.
The organization will work with local schools so that children with epilepsy have the same opportunities as kids who do not have the disorder.
Before the opening of this epilepsy center, area residents had to travel to Akron, Cleveland or Pittsburgh to receive help with the disorder or to obtain more information about it.
Now people can go to the resource center for a listing of neurologists in addition to options for medication and treatment.
The center also offers people with epilepsy a place to get together and network.
"This organization is very informative and offers a lot for people in the tri-county area who are living with epilepsy so that they can get help from others," Mau added.