Peabody - North Shore Bank recently announced the donation of $1,400 to Epilepsy Foundation New England. The proceeds were given by bank employees through their weekly “Jeans Day” program. In exchange for $5 each week, North Shore bankers are allowed to wear jeans to work. Then the funds collected are pooled and donated to an area charity which is nominated by an employee of the bank.
Lori Desimone, a Teller at North Shore Bank’s Hamilton Street, Saugus Branch, nominated the Epilepsy Foundation New England as a recipient of their December Jeans Day dollars and said:
“At age 5 my daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy. As parents you can imagine it was a difficult time for us. I reached out to the Epilepsy foundation for support and their groups were extremely helpful.” She continued, “I got to meet and become friends with parents who faced similar struggles with acceptance, medications, learning disabilities, medical professionals and more. These support meetings gave us the opportunity to exchange experiences.”
The funds raised by North Shore Bank Employees will go to Epilepsy Foundation New England’s overnight summer program, known as The Purple Camp. The week-long camp gives children the chance to have fun in an environment designed especially to support the needs of children with epilepsy.
Susan Linn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Epilepsy Foundation New England said of North Shore Bank’s Jeans Day donation. “Purple Camp gives children with epilepsy a chance to fit in, make friends, and try new things, in environments where they connect to peers and adults who understand. Kids go sailing, rock climbing, swim, perform in talent shows, kayak, do arts/crafts, make memories by the campfire, and much more.” She went on to say, “Many of our kids tell us this is their favorite week of the year – a time to be themselves without the social and academic pressure that can cause kids with epilepsy to feel isolated. Thanks to this gift from the North Shore Bank employees, 3 kids will get to spend a week at our overnight camp this August. The bank really made a difference.”
About Epilepsy Foundation New England
Founded in 1983, EFNE has been leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. In the U.S., 1 in 26 people develop epilepsy in their lifetime. EFNE brings communities together to raise awareness, fund education and research, and provide resources and support to children, adults, and families in their fight against epilepsy. EFNE is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.epilepsynewengland.org