Monday, April 23, 2007

Ortho-McNeil Sponsors Epilepsy Art Contest

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation is sponsoring the fifth annual Expressions of Courage National Art Contest. The contest raises awareness of epilepsy and encourages those living with the disorder to illustrate the emotions they draw upon when facing the challenges caused by the condition.

Open to people of all ages who have been diagnosed with epilepsy, participants are invited to illustrate their interpretation of living with the disease through art, a powerful means of expression and considered by many to be an important component of living with a chronic disease. Entries will be accepted through July 16, 2007.

Judges will review artwork and announce winners in November in commemoration of National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Winning artwork may be displayed as part of a national traveling exhibition comprised of nearly 25 winning entries selected by curators from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Winning artwork also will be featured on the contest Web site and included in a calendar, coffee table book or greeting cards, available for viewing at local Epilepsy Foundation offices and participating physician offices nationwide.

"Over the past five years, the Expressions of Courage contest has been tremendously successful, and each year, we're excited to see new creative artwork that demonstrates the strength and courage of people with epilepsy," said Eric Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "The artwork reinforces the talent and accomplishments of those in the epilepsy community, and provides people with a forum for sharing their own personal stories of hope and freedom."

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide with as many as 200,000 Americans diagnosed for the first time each year.

Artwork may be created in ink, pencil, crayon or paint on paper or board, no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Entry forms and more information can be found at http://www.expressionsofcourage.com or by calling 800-224-4935. Entries should be mailed to: Expressions of Courage, c/o Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc., 389 Pittstown Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867.

Nearly 300 pieces have been awarded over the past five years, and last year, the contest generated a record number of entries with 224 pieces of artwork.

The Epilepsy Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of ensuring that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences, and works to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. focuses exclusively on providing solutions that improve neurological health. The company currently markets products for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and acute and preventive migraine treatment.

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