Every year, members of The Maximilian Kolbe Foundation gather for their annual Christmas Dinner where donations are collected to help families in need.
This year donations were collected for the Epilepsy Cure Initiative; a not for profit incorporated organization founded by parents of a child with uncontrolled seizures, inspired by life experiences and fueled by a burning desire to make a positive difference for people with epilepsy.
ECI is dedicated to creating awareness and understanding of epilepsy to bring an end to myths, misconceptions and fear of both seizures and the disorder, as well as to discrimination against people with epilepsy.
This year donations were collected for a family in Etobicoke with three children that have been struck down by sickness and great misfortune, for many years struggling with the effects of epilepsy – a central nervous system illness that can strike at any age. One of their children suffers from multiple uncontrollable seizures at times up to 40 or more per day – and the whole family is affected by it with endless grief and emergency, medication costing up to $1,000 dollars per month – which is very expensive and difficult for them to afford on a regular basis.
For more information on epilepsy and how to help The Epilepsy Cure Initiative, please visit their website: www.epilepsycureinitiative.ca
–Maciek Droździk, events manager, The John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre