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  May 2nd, 2012       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Charlie Foundation will honor Meryl Streep this September at the Third International Symposium: Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Disorders at the Chicago Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. The Charlie Foundation was founded in 1994 after twenty month old Charlie Abrahams, having endured multiple daily seizures, and failed every available anti-convulsant drug and one brain surgery, was cured of his epilepsy by the ketogenic diet at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The diet was undertaken despite resistance from the five pediatric neurologists he had seen. When Charlie’s parents realized that Charlie was but one of hundreds of thousands of children whose families were either not being informed, or being misinformed about dietary therapy, they started The Charlie Foundation. Meryl Streep, a friend of the Abrahams family, hosted a public serive announcement for the foundation in 1994, which can be watched in the video archive. In 1997, Abrahams and Meryl Streep produced the ABC television movie “First do no Harm”, fictionalising a particular case of a young boy with the disease. The film draws many parallels to the Abrahams family’s experiences. Several minor characters in the film are played by people who have been on the ketogenic diet and had their epilepsy “cured” as a result. The gala celebration honoring Meryl will take place on September 21, 2012.




  • lindi

    @Sonja, thank you for your lovely comment, and you make a very good point about the movie, which is the same I thought about

  • laurie

    Such a classy lady , to do a movie to actually help people. Thats just another reason theres no one like Meryl Streep.

  • Sonja

    @lindi

    Sad to hear your story but it’s great you’re now seizure free and I wish you all the best to stay free of them for the rest of your life.

    First do no Harm might not be a “big” movie, but I think on it’s subject alone, it is still important.
    Thankfully no one in my family had ever to suffer epilepsy and I knock on wood no one ever will.

    It’s a nice that they’re honoring Meryl now.

  • lindi

    I think that Charlié´s Foundation is something to be commended, I really do Icongratulate them so much and even though “First Do No Harm wasn´t such an important movie in Meryl´s filmografy. It did make a difference, like the fish, if I´m allowed too, it made my life different, so different, I´m almost 38, I have epilepsy since I was 10, I´m not from the USA, I was misdiagnosed in my country Chile, tiny little southamerican country and I had hundred of seizures at at the beggining during the night then in my puberty, during the day, so I saw 6 neurologist, they made me me take dozens of EEG and MIR and I took all the drugs that ever exist to control my illness, I got intoxicated, with side effects, when I was loosing hope, I saw First Do No Harm and my life changed because I started asking for the ketogenik diet, I was told it was only for little kids, I was 17, but I didn´t quit, Meryl has taught me that so I started investigating other options, I did ended in USA, 2000 in the Cleveland Clinic havind 2 brain surgerys and I was 25 years old back then andnow my life is totally different, I haven´t have a seizure since 2005