Former NFL Star Tiki Barber and CURE Founder Susan Axelrod Speak Out About Epilepsy on TODAY Show

Dec 13, 2007, 00:00 ET from CURE

    NEW YORK, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Three-time NFL Pro Bowler and TODAY
 correspondent Tiki Barber spoke publicly for the first time today about his
 son A.J.'s epilepsy. "Epilepsy affects such a wide range of people in
 different circumstances and it's something that awareness needs to be
 raised about," he told Meredith Vieira this morning on TODAY.
     Susan Axelrod, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) founding
 member and president, also appeared on TODAY to discuss the need to
 increase awareness and research for epilepsy. Over one-third of epilepsy
 patients have seizures that cannot be controlled with medication. Over 3
 million people suffer from epilepsy in the United States -- more than
 multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson's
 disease combined. Yet public and private funding of epilepsy research pales
 in comparison to funding for other neurological diseases, many of which
 affect far fewer patients.
     "What's exciting is that we've changed the dialogue in the epilepsy
 research community. Scientists are starting to look at what are the root
 causes, what are the mechanisms, who's at risk, and could we even maybe
 prevent epilepsy," said Axelrod.
     Axelrod and two other mothers of children with epilepsy launched CURE
 in 1998 to increase awareness of and research for epilepsy. Axelrod was
 motivated by her daughter, Lauren's struggle with intractable epilepsy. Her
 efforts have helped CURE raise more than $8 million to fund research and
 other initiatives that will lead the way to a cure.
     TODAY also showed clips of videos produced by CURE which document, with
 personal stories, the devastating effects epilepsy has on children and
 their families. These videos educate and raise awareness about the
 struggles of people with uncontrolled seizures.
     The TODAY Show is broadcast live on NBC stations from 7-10 am EST. It
 is America's most watched morning show. To watch TODAY's segment on
 epilepsy, go to, and scroll through the "Video
 from TODAY" section. Click on "Understanding Epilepsy."
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