Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy ( works toward a cure for epilepsy by funding innovative research into the causes of this long-misunderstood yet prevalent neurological disease. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime, and about 50,000 epileptics die every year from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, prolonged seizures, and related accidents. CURE works to raise awareness about epilepsy and provides seed funding for pioneering research that often qualifies for further government monies. Since its founding in 1998, CURE has raised more than $26 million to fund 151 such cutting-edge studies. One now underway aims to better understand and prevent post-traumatic epilepsy, which could affect as many as 100,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with brain trauma.

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