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Mater Epileptologist Dr Sasha Dionisio is leading a team of colleagues to take part in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane on Sunday 27 August, raising money for epilepsy patients at Mater.
Dr Dionisio and another 14 participants form the Mater’s Advanced Team of Epilepsy Runners who will take up the 10 km challenge.
He said the team was keen to raise funds and awareness of epilepsy and the great work that’s carried out at Mater Centre for Neurosciences to benefit epilepsy patients.
“We are hoping to raise $15 000 which is about how much it costs for one patient to undergo the Stereo EEG (SEEG) procedure.
“The use of the SEEG gives us great insight into a patient’s condition and whether they can benefit from surgery and potentially be seizure free.
“The run will be a family affair, with children and partners taking part. Everyone in the team has been busy raising funds and we hope to reach our target as the money goes back to the service.”
Dr Dionisio said Bridge to Brisbane was more than it run; it was an opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy.
“The condition truly impacts every part of a patient’s life, whether it’s employment, relationships and their mental health. Being able to provide hope to some people suffering from epilepsy is incredibly rewarding,” he said.
There are also a number of gastroenterology researchers from Mater Research taking part in the 10 km run as a team Guts and the Glory.
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