From The Utica Observer-Dispatch:
Obama adviser speaks about epilepsy locally
Axelrod also touts healthcare reform
By ELIZABETH COOPER
Posted Sep 12, 2009 @ 09:01 PM
Last update Sep 12, 2009 @ 10:59 PM
WHITESBORO —Amid the national debate on health care, a top White House adviser related his personal story about troubles his family encountered in getting care for a daughter with epilepsy.
David Axelrod, a close adviser to President Barack Obama, was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, known as CURE, at Hart's Hill Inn Saturday evening.
Axelrod's wife, Susan Landau, is one of the founders of CURE, and she has come to the Mohawk Valley in the past for CURE fundraisers, though Saturday was Axelrod's first visit. More than 700 people attended Saturday's fundraiser, which raised $207,000.
Before the event, he took questions from reporters about his personal story, and said it had been “the cause of our lives to see to it that other families don't have to experience the sadness our family has.”
He also said Obama's health care objectives would help families cope with the cost of serious illnesses like his daughter Lauren's.
“Half the bankruptcies in this country flow from medical issues,” he said. “I think many people in this country live in fear of becoming seriously ill, not just because of what it means for their health, but because of what it does for their finances.”
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