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Searching for a cure to Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia only affects about 1% of the population but I still think that’s 1% too much. With your help I hope to get the funds to raise schizophrenia awareness, educate people, search for new ways to diagnose and find it early when it can make a difference, develop better care and treatments, and above all establish a dedicated research facility and team to eradicate this mental disorder once and for all.
Schizophrenia affects men and women at the same rate, and occurs almost equally in all ethnic groups around the world.

Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia -- the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses -- often have problems functioning in society, at work, at school, and in relationships. Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn. It is a life-long disease that cannot be cured, but usually can be controlled with proper treatment.
Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to schizophrenia, so breakthroughs in research may lead to finding cures for other similar genetic and mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

This is just the beginning so I’m only looking for enough money to get in the door, establish the nonprofit organization, as well as tax exempt status for future supporters. Then we’ll be able to move on to acquiring funds for a research facility, seek volunteers, hire a research team, and other essentials.

The research center will be located in the Philadelphia, PA region.

On a personal note about fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father. This problem is even worse with African Americans. With that being said, as an African American myself, it sucks to be fortunate enough to have my father in my life during important stages of childhood development, only to see schizophrenia take its toll and watch my father’s life fall apart, and even though there were things I didn't understand as a child, one thing became clear, that my father, through no fault of his own, would not be there like he should. I saw my father lose my mother, his job, home, real estate, and ultimately his life savings. Several months later and after a long hospitalization it was clear that he would need assisted living for the rest of his life. That was about 15 years ago.
I don’t know if my father is aware of or more specifically hurt and upset by his mental condition, and by not being there and losing some of the things he loved.

It may be too late for my father to ever be cured but that doesn't mean there isn't hope for others and I don’t want them to see the same fate, which brings me to my goal, a nonprofit project searching for cure, fighting to make schizophrenia history.

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