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Tyler Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner on November 6th

In Honor of Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Devens, MA, October 10, 2010 --( The 2nd annual Tyler Foundation fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at the Devens Common Center in Devens, Mass. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds from this event will be used to start a Tyler Foundation Fund for Extraordinary Needs at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center to help provide financial support to families of children with epilepsy.

According to Dr. Walter H. Ettinger Jr., President of UMass Memorial Medical Center, “Endowments are a wonderful way to bring emphasis to areas of importance and also support specific initiatives at UMass Memorial Medical Center. An endowment is a permanent investment that grows over time while providing steady annual support to a particular area.”

At this year’s event, The Tyler Foundation will feature guest speaker Travis Roy, comedian Stephen Donovan, singer Larissa D'Andrea, emcee Jim Clerkin and DJ Chris Ryan.

Travis Roy was an avid hockey player from the age of 20 months old. At 20 years of age, Travis played his first collegiate hockey game. Eleven seconds into his first shift, his life changed forever as he crashed into the boards and cracked his fourth and fifth cervical vertebra, paralyzing him from the neck down. Despite this ill twist of fate, Roy has continued to persevere and defy the odds.

Stephen Donovan is in his second season as the Emmy nominated host of NESN's weekly Red Sox trivia game show, "The Batter's Box". Stephen also hosts the #1 rated "Jen & Steve Show" on 104.5 WXLO-FM.

"We are delighted that Travis Roy, Stephen Donovan, Larissa D'Andrea, Jim Clerkin and Chris Ryan have agreed to be part of our event this year," said Heather Plotkin, President of the Tyler Foundation. “With their support, we hope to jump start epilepsy awareness month and start a fund for extraordinary needs at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.”

For more information about the event, visit us online at To purchase tickets contact Heather or Erik Plotkin, via email, or call 978-732-0077.

About Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that affects almost 3 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide. The condition produces seizures, which can range from a momentary disruption of the senses, to short periods of unconsciousness or staring spells, to convulsions. A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Currently there is no cure for epilepsy; however, more than half of people with epilepsy are able to control seizures with existing treatment options.

About the Tyler Foundation
The Tyler Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for families affected by epilepsy. Their mission is to provide financial support to families' of children with epilepsy that are being treated at Boston Children's Hospital and UMASS Medical Center. For more information on the foundation, log onto

Donations can be mailed directly to the Tyler Foundation at:
The Tyler Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 733 , Groton , MA 01450 . All donations are tax deductible.

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