To whom it may concern,
My name is Jonathan T Barton. Last November I was unfortunately diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 33. Since then I have been looking for support in Riverside/Jurupa Valley and have found next to nothing. This was discouraging as I have been a member of this community for years now. I did find a foundation in LA & San Diego. But being someone that cannot drive with my disability, it’s been tough getting to places. I am a father of 3 wonderful children and have a loving spouse and together this has changed all our lives.
This why I am coming to you, last April I did a 5k walk for the San Diego Foundation and this October I am doing one for the LA Foundation. Riverside County doesn't have their own Epilepsy Foundation like San Diego or LA. In April my Team (Team Barton) raised a bit over $3500.00 and we are hoping the same if not more with the LA Chapter.
So there are a couple reasons why I come to you.
1) We are looking to start a permanent foundation in Riverside County. How awesome would that be if in your own time we could have this foundation for our local families who are looking & needing this support? We could also have booths setup at the event and will be happy to hand out flyers for your business.
2) Team Barton is looking for small/large local businesses to sponsor/pledge us to raise money to reach our goal of $3000.
3) What a great way for Jurupa Valley to get involved in something so meaningful.
When I was diagnosed, it took awhile to process and accepted that I will life with it forever. . My 12 year old daughter was the one that got me out of bed and told me that I need to stand up and do something about it. Well, since then that's what I have been doing and I am asking for your help/support in any way you can.
Team Barton has a site you can go to and pledge us and our research more on the cause. I know that I will have to deal with this for the rest of my life, but today's children are tomorrow's future and the support we give them will only allow more open doors in tomorrow's future.
Here is the link to our Team Barton for “The Walk to End Epilepsy 2012” at the Rose Bowl in October.
Team Barton asks for a small donation/contribution for this cause and look forward to bringing a Foundation to Inland Empire. A small donation will go so far with helping children with Epilepsy, Research for a cure and care. Any donation you do as a busniss is a tax right off and that information will be available.
Thank you so much for your time, This is something I am very passionate about and will do anything I can to help those with Epilepsy.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jon Barton – Jurupa Valley Liaison of Epilepsy Awareness
Blog: Epilepsy Found Me at 33: http://epilepsyfoundme.blogspot.com/