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Kentucky Derby-themed event could help cure CP
by Staff Reports
April 30, 2014 05:33 PM | 4007 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cure Cerebral Palsy will host its second Night at the Derby fundraiser Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Defoor Centre, 1710 Defoor Ave. in Buckhead.

Open to the public, the event celebrates the Kentucky Derby, which is Saturday. It will include food, drinks, a silent auction and music by The Bradley Cole Smith Band.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online at All proceeds benefit Cure CP and support groundbreaking research and clinical trials at esteemed research and medical institutions in the U.S. Based in Buckhead, Cure CP was founded in October 2010 by motivated parents of children living with cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular disorder caused mostly by injury or abnormal development in the brain, mostly before birth.

“Cure CP is a nonprofit organization committed to funding the support of cerebral palsy research” said co-founder Ed Drambel, whose son John, 9, has cerebral palsy. “At last year’s inaugural event, we had over 250 guests and a fundraising total of over $45,000. We hope to grow this event and raise more money this year. All money raised this year will support the launch of a groundbreaking investigation by internationally renowned Duke University physician and National Institutes of Health investigator Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg.  

“The overall goal of this new investigative research is to develop a novel, innovative and transformative approach to treat patients with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injuries by using cellular therapies derived from banked allogeneic human umbilical cord blood. We believe and hope that a large number of CP patients could potentially benefit from cord blood therapies.”

Fellow co-founder Lizette Dunay said, “Cure CP’s mission is to create awareness in the community about CP. By hosting an annual fundraising event, we hope to spread the word about CP. We want to see a better life and future for our children and others living with cerebral palsy.”

Some statistics, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding the disorder include:

o CP affects more individuals in the U.S. than childhood diabetes and childhood leukemia combined.

o One in three children with CP cannot walk; one in four cannot feed themselves and/or dress themselves.

o CP is on the rise; more than 10,000 babies are diagnosed each year.

For tickets and information, contact Maurie Drambel at or visit

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