Epilepsy = Social Isolation / Raise Awareness 9/26

Josh Chapnick (photo from joshprovides.org)

Josh Chapnick (photo from joshprovides.org)

 Kids with Epilepsy Encounter Social Isolation in School! Help Bring  Awareness About This Condition This Thursday Sept. 26th.

Polo Grill on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, hosts JoshProvides.org for their kick off  fundraiser for the Walk for Epilepsy. Starting at 6pm until 9pm, all proceeds from the Celebrity Bartender Event will go towards proving families financial support for those who have family members with epilepsy.

Sandy and Bruce Chapnick are the parents of Josh Chapnick who passed away suffering from epilepsy; a neurological disorder that can occur with no signs. Josh had his first seizure at sixteen years old, five years later he was found dead after two days in his apartment.. His sister; Nicole Chapnick explains, because of Josh’s seizures, kids in school isolated him, wanting nothing to do with him – social isolation.

Social isolation is a major issue in school that is not addressed, it’s a form of bullying in a non verbal form. Josh Provides is up and running, five years after her Josh’s death. It’s a small, but growing organization that has national reach. They  have a Board of Directors, advisers and at least one family member is on the board of the advising committee.

Nicole stresses the importance of the word provide in Josh Provides – the organization provides financial assistance including medical services, prescriptions, transportation and counseling to families, caregivers and those affected by epilepsy. You can help bring awareness by getting involved in the events they host. Start this Thursday at Polo Grill to  find out more about the November 16th  Walk for Epilepsy. Learn more at www.joshprovides.org or call Sandi Chapnick, Event Coordinator at sandi@joshprovides.org or 1 (800) 706-2740.

Celebrity Bartenders Thursday at Polo Grill (10670 Boardwalk Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202)

6:00pm – 7:00pm

1.            Gail Shane – Radio Host

2.            Heather Hackett  – Author

3.            Jeffrey Mayers – GM Longboat Key Club

7:00pm – 8:00pm

1.            Magdi Hanna, Retired MD

2.            Dayle Hoffmann -Public Relations

3.            Robert G. Lyons, Esq

4.            Ray Collins – ABC 7 Anchor

8:00pm – 9:00pm

1.            Mike Harshman, Esq

2.            Anne Weintraub, Esq

3.            Chef Carol Sirard – Sirad’s Chocolates

Polo Grill Staff are donating all tips for food and beverage to the JoshProvides Walk for Epilepsy.  Please help us make it successful by not only you and your family joining us but inviting people you know.  We will be having a silent auction which will include the following items:  Udell Associates 2 skybox Tampa Bay Bucs tickets and autographed jersey and football by Ronde Barber, Monica Seles autographed Yonex tennis bag, tennis racket, tennis ball and tennis dress, Laurie Ginsburg Bird of Hope necklace, Tre Ump zip line tickets, Massage Envy Facial and massage, Seasons 52 gift certificate, Fit2Run gift certificates, Morton’s gift basket, Melting Pot gift certificate, Marina Jack gift certificate, Chef Carol Sirard chocolate gift basket, and Anna Marie Oyster Bar gift certificate.  We will also have a 50/50 raffle and other fund raising activities.

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