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Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, sometimes referred to by its initials CURE, is a non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] The organization is focused on raising awareness and funds for research targeting a cure for epilepsy.[3] It was founded in September 1998 by Susan and David Axelrod, driven by their daughter starting to have severe seizures when she was a child.[4][5][3]

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy
CURE logo.png
Founded8 September 1998 (21 years ago) (1998-09-08)[1][2]
TypeNonprofit organization
Legal status501(c)(3)
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°53′39″N 87°38′23″W / 41.8941494°N 87.6397273°W / 41.8941494; -87.6397273Coordinates: 41°53′39″N 87°38′23″W / 41.8941494°N 87.6397273°W / 41.8941494; -87.6397273
ServicesRaising and granting funds for epilepsy research
Beth Lewin Dean
Susan Axelrod
Ann Benschoter
Revenue (2016)
Expenses (2016)$6,070,422[2]
Employees (2016)
Volunteers (2016)

David Axelrod's involvement caused problems for the Obama administration when the White House refused to release the names of donors to CURE; David was not actively involved in running the organization by that time, but donations to the organization tripled after the Obama administration took office.[5] David raised awareness of CURE in 2012 when he promised to shave off his mustache if he wasn't able to raise $1 million in donations for CURE.[6][7]

CURE raises money through gala events.[8][9] By 2018 it had raised around $60 million and had funded around 220 research projects.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy". Corporation File Detail Report. Illinois Secretary of State. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. Guidestar. December 31, 2013. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  3. ^ a b CNN, Puja Bhattacharjee,. "Epilepsy is personal for 'Hamilton' star". CNN. Retrieved 2018-02-16.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ Froelke Coburn, Marcia (December 22, 2010). "Chicagoans of the Year 2010: Susan Axelrod, CURE". Chicago magazine.
  5. ^ a b Cook, John (November 29, 2010). "White House Refuses to Release Donors to David Axelrod's Charity". Gawker.
  6. ^ "SUNDAY NOTEBOOK: Theater in better shape than shopping cart". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  7. ^ Fahrenthold, David A.; Rindler, Danielle (August 18, 2016). "Searching for evidence of Trump's personal giving". Washington Post.
  8. ^ "Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy". ABC7 Chicago. 26 May 2014.
  9. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (April 29, 2012). "Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy SF benefit". SFGate.
  10. ^ "Charity of the week: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy". The Week. 19 June 2013.

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