Good morning, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear readers!
Today I wanted to talk briefly about the Narcolepsy Network’s annual Narcolepsy conference, specifically about their effort to raise funds for scholarships to the conference.
For those of you who are not familiar with the conference, it is a conference that brings together people with Narcolepsy and their supporters and medical professionals. I myself have not been, but I have always wanted to go, and I hope to be their this Fall.
(Even if you are not interested in the scholarship effort, I highly recommend viewing the video on the conference which is on the scholarship effort website because it is the best video on the conference that I have seen. It is a great introduction to the conference, and the website also contains good information about the conference, for people who are interested.)
This year, the Narcolepsy Network is raising money to fund scholarships to help “give PWNs who otherwise could not afford to come the opportunity to learn from the experts and engage with their peers in an atmosphere of caring and support.” Their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of March. Currently, they have raised $5,315, which is great, but the end of March is fast approaching!
I wanted to share with you a letter I received from the Narcolepsy Network today about the scholarship fundraiser.
We have exciting news about our conference scholarship fundraiser. A very generous family has come forward with a matching gift. For every dollar you donate in the next two weeks, our matching gift family will donate the same amount, up to $2,000! For example, if you give $50, they will give $50 too, meaning the scholarship fund receives $100. By giving now, you can double your money for conference scholarships.
Don't miss this opportunity to help us give those with narcolepsy who otherwise could not afford to come an opportunity to attend our conference in Denver this year. Please visit our scholarship contribution fund page to make a contribution today! With our match gift, your tax-deductible donation, no matter the amount, will go even farther to help make the NN conference a reality for more people.
If you prefer to make your donation by check, please mail your donation to Narcolepsy Network, 129 Waterwheel Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852 (and put "CSF" on your check).
Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation. We are grateful for your support!
Eveline Honig, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Narcolepsy Network
P.S. If you can't afford to make a donation, you can still help. Please share our scholarship contribution page with your friends and family and encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting matching gift!”
Even if you aren’t interested in the scholarship effort, I would encourage any Narcoleptic who doesn’t already know about this conference to check out the website and learn about the conference, if only so that you know that it’s out there if you should ever want to go… The video is only 6 minutes long and the it’s only about one page of information. And who knows, if it interests you, maybe you might want to apply for one of the scholarships in April, right?
On a more personal note, I have recently moved back to the U.S. and am now living in New Hampshire, as my husband and I are getting divorced. Things are good here though and I’m happy to be back in the good old U.S.A.