BCUREFUL donates funds for the tuberous sclerosis complex center at Lurie Children’s

Bcureful, a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate research toward a cure for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), donated $40,000 to develop a Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. TSC is a rare, genetic disorder that involves multiple organ systems which can potentially cause serious medical issues.

Bcureful Founder and Chairman, Julie Nerheim Scroggins said, “We are extremely honored to make another donation to Lurie Children’s in order to further establish the TSC Center. Our goal is to raise another $60,000 in the New Year to support the Center’s growth and improve the lives of so many affected families in the Midwest affected by TSC.”  Last year, Bcureful donated $20,000 to establish the new program. 

Bcureful is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded to focus resources on TSC. This genetic disorder affects 1 in 6,000 newborns causing non-malignant tumors to develop in the brain and other vital organs. Although the growths are almost always benign, they can cause devastating effects on multiple aspects of development. It is estimated that 1 to 2 million people worldwide have TSC. Research for TSC has led to breakthroughs in autism, epilepsy and cancer. 

Lurie Children’s Epilepsy Division which is part of the hospital’s clinical neurosciences is ranked 4th in the country according to U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Honor Roll.  Lurie Children’s is the pediatric teaching arm for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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