Raise Awareness Through Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Awards

Great NonprofitsYou have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference for raising ET awareness. GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2014 Top-Rated List. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards program is a lot like a people’s choice awards where volunteers, donors and people served by the great work of each and every nonprofit can cast their vote in the form of a review to express their appreciation and potentially win nonprofits a spot on the List.

Winning nonprofits that get added to the GreatNonprofits 2014 Top-Rated List will get exposure from media and corporate foundations nationwide. Plus winners will be added to the GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday and Holiday Giving Guide and included in City Pages and Releases for Top-Cities, gaining even greater awareness for essential tremor.

To qualify for the 2014 Top-Rated Awards, we need to have at least 10, new positive (4 or 5 star reviews) from different users until Oct. 31, 2014. Help us raise visibility for essential tremor by posting a review of your experience with the IETF. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Go here to get started.

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The Mighty Mug That Stands Strong

mugThere’s nothing worse than sitting in traffic when you’re late for work … until you spill hot coffee in your lap. But now there’s no reason to cry over spilled milk—or coffee. The Mighty Mug helps those struggling with hand tremor (or those who are just generally accident-prone) as the self-proclaimed “un-spillable” coffee cup.

The Mighty Mug is a travel or coffee cup that creates a powerful airlock when placed on a flat surface. A small amount of air is trapped beneath, creating a vacuum that locks the mug in place, preventing the possibility of accidental bumps and spills. When the mug is lifted, the pressure instantly stabilizes, allowing the airlock to release and lift easily. Perfect for those frustrated with shaky hand spills.

The Might Mug keeps your drink hot or cold, is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and comes with a 100% guarantee policy. See how it works at TheMightyMug.com. Prices begin at $14.99 and are only available online or at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Let us know if the Mighty Mug helps with your ET.

 

 

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A Growing Family of Attachments for Lift Labs

AttachmentsFamilyThe LiftWare stabilizer comes standard with a spoon attachment, but now can do more. Don’t let hand tremor get in the way of eating salads, pasta, and foods you commonly eat with a fork and avoid the hassle of spilling soup with two new attachments for the LiftWare device. The new fork attachment has a deep-scooped profile to hold more food, and the new soup spoon attachment has been designed specifically with a deeper bowl to hold 65% more liquid than the standard spoon attachment. The device and new attachments allow you to focus less on how you are eating and more on the people you’re eating with. The new attachments are compatible with the LiftWare stabilizer handle (sold separately for $295). Attachments available exclusively at LiftLabsDesign.com for $19.95.

If you are unable to afford a LiftWare device and have essential tremor, Lift Labs has a donation program available. If you would like to be considered to receive a donated LiftWare device, please review and complete an application. Please note that the IETF does not pay for devices nor does it solicit donations to pay for devices. We simply assist them in distributing devices that have been donated. 

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Learning about Essential Tremor: Live Event & Webcast

Webcast-for-BlogIn partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, join us for a free ET event in Nashville on the diagnosis process, treatment options, current research and more. This special event will also simulcast via a FREE LIVE WEBCAST nationwide for those who cannot attend in person.

Speakers:

  • Fenna Phibbs, MD – Neurologist
  • Hong Yu, MD – Neurosurgeon
  • Cissy Voight – Physical Therapist

Saturday, Aug.16, 2014
Hutton Hotel, Nashville, TN
1808 West End Ave. | Nashville, TN 37203
or
Via Live Webcast
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT

Register today!
Live Event: essentialtremor.org/seminars
Live Webcast: bit.ly/Aug2014Webcast

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Raise Your Voice For Change

Congressional-Neuroscience-TremorTalkfor-webUnlock the mysteries of the brain and advocate for research through the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus. It is only through research that the causes, cure and ultimately prevention of neurological disorders, like ET, will be found.

What the Neuroscience Caucus does:

  • Sponsors briefings on research and findings
  • Collaborates with research organizations to build awareness
  • Distributes congressional information
  • Promotes legislation to advance neuroscience research

What YOU can do:
Reach out to your U.S. Representative and ask them to support the Neuroscience Caucus today. Find your Representative at: www.house.gov/representatives.

Together, our voice is powerful and together, we can drive change.

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Start a support group in your community

Support-Group-Blog-PostwebWish there was a support group in your area? Want to meet others living with ET in your community? We can help you make it happen! We are continually seeking ways to connect people with ET and to bring relevant information about ET to communities all over the nation. With the millions of people around the globe affected by essential tremor, it is likely there will be others in your community who are also seeking support.  Do you know of a good location for a group? Are you great at connecting people? We would love to help you make a support group happen in your area. Call us today at 1-888-387-3667 or e-mail info@essentialtremor.org to learn how we can help you get started. Find more information about support groups on our website.

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Four outstanding students awarded IETF scholarships

IETF Scholarship Winner Paul Schoolman

The International Essential Tremor Foundation is pleased to award four students who are affected by essential tremor with $500 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year:  Alyssa Mendelsohn from Baltimore, Md.; Kaleigh Knapp from Concord, N.C.; Paul Schoolman from Sykesville, Md.; and Sarah Kunz from Waverly, Minn.

“These four students exhibit impressive qualifications based on academic and extracurricular activities in their communities and will become outstanding, future leaders in helping create more awareness about essential tremor,” said Catherine Rice, Executive Director of the IETF.

IETF scholarships are awarded to qualified students of all ages who have been diagnosed with ET, to lessen the burden of higher education. The scholarship can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools) and are paid directly to the educational institution. For more information about the IETF scholarship program, please visit www.essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/scholarships.

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IETF Funds Ground-Breaking Research for 2014

Brain-blk-and-bluThe IETF is excited to fund three new research studies totaling $85,000 this year. These studies are stepping stones to moving our knowledge forward and can provide progress to change the world for everyone with ET.

The Role of Excitotoxicity in ET Cerebellum – IETF Funded $25,000
The goal of this research is to investigate the role of excitotoxicity in the postmortem ET cerebellum. Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters. It has been a suggested approach for ET, however there has yet to be any direct evidence that excitotoxicity plays a role in ET patients. Read more.

Cerebello-Thalamo-Cortical Coupling in ET: Effects of High-Frequency Cerebellar Stimulation on Brain Activity & Tremor – IETF Funded $25,000
Tremor is associated with abnormal activity within different brain regions, particularly the thalamus and cerebellum. Transcranial stimulation (tACS) of the cerebellum may represent a non-invasive therapeutic option for ET patients. TACS is a new technique allowing manipulation of rhythmic patterns in the brain’s cortex with externally applied electrical frequencies. Read more.

A Feasibility Study for an ET Brain Bank at the Arizona Study of Aging & Neurodegenerative Disorders – IETF Funded $35,000
Now in its third IETF-funded year, researchers will continue to examine the brain tissue of those with ET and other neurological disorders after death, searching for a greater understanding of how ET changes the features of the brain, and hopefully leading to more effective diagnostic tools. Read more.

Grant funding was provided to the IETF from its own annual donors, people directly affected by this life-altering condition. If you’d like to become an annual donor, please click here. As our way of saying thank you, you will also receive the new e-book “Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say.”

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Liftware Device Donations

Liftware-DeviceLast fall, Lift Labs introduced Liftware, a device designated to help people whose hand tremor gets in the way of simple tasks like eating. In honor of National Essential Tremor Month in March, Lift Labs was able to match contributions made through an Indiegogo campaign, dollar for dollar.

As a result, Lift Labs went above and beyond the goal of $7,500 and raised over $17,000 allowing them to send several free devices to the IETF to provide to those in economic hardship. Due to the overwhelming success, Lift Labs is continuing the campaign to push for $20,000.

The device retails for $295. If you would like to be considered to receive a donated Liftware device, please complete an application online. Or help contribute to the campaign by visiting: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lift-labs-march-match.

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Coping Tip: Poppin Pen May Prove Useful

Poppin PenIETF member Tracy Joslin often found her shaky hands to be an obstacle when taking meeting notes, writing checks at stores or filling out forms at doctor appointments — until she discovered the Poppin Pen. These heavy-weighted, metal, ball-point pens provide her the stability she needs to accomplish everyday writing tasks. “My penmanship used to be perfect, and it is nice to gain some control back,” says Tracy.

At a retail price of $14, Tracy highly recommends the pen for ET patients who struggle with hand tremors when writing. “The pen is also helpful to hang onto during a client meeting when I try to keep my hand from shaking when not writing, just so they cannot see,” says Tracy. Pens can be purchased at http://www.poppin.com/Writing/Metal.

Do you have a coping tip to share? Let us know on our Facebook page. Learn more about other ways to cope with the challenges of ET in everyday tasks at: http://essentialtremor.org/coping/.

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