Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Step Forward and Do Your Part

There are many worth causes, charity wise. And, there are no people greater than Americans when it comes to reaching into their pockets to help someone less fortunate than themselves.

A charity event new to me addresses tuberous sclerosis complex which strikes children. Read what the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance has to say:

Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin and lungs. You will see it referred to both as tuberous sclerosis (TS) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The term TSC is used in scientific literature to distinguish tuberous sclerosis from Tourette's syndrome.

The true prevalence of TSC is unknown, but its incidence has recently been estimated to be 1 in 6,000 live births. This means approximately 50,000 individuals in the United States and more than 1 million worldwide have TSC. It occurs in both sexes and in all races and ethnic groups.

Because TSC is a genetic disorder, it is not contagious. It is the result of a genetic mutation over which a parent has no control. It is often first recognized in children who have two neurological symptoms—epileptic seizures and/or varying degrees of mental handicap. However, the clinical symptoms of TSC vary greatly and may often not appear until later in life. There are presently no cures and there is no way to predict how severely or mildly an individual may be affected by TSC.

Here’s a great way to connect with your family. Get involved in a charity walk like the one’s given by TSA. Go to the events calendar for a list of walks.

In Southern California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is proud to join the TSA in hosting the “Step Forward to Cure Tuberous Sclerosis” 5 K Walk on Sunday, June 25, 2006.

Go to the website to register for the LA walk, or any of the TSA walks.