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It can start with a small sign – a tiny tremor, a small stutter, a little episode that might not seem significant at first. But if it's Parkinson's disease or chronic pain, Alzheimer's disease or epilepsy, these neurological conditions can progress and rob you of the qualities that make you "you": moving with ease, communicating, living fully.

Tonight, we ask you to help establish a new Providence Brain and Spine Institute Neuromodulation Center. Sometimes medications alone can only do so much. Neuromodulation is an option for relieving symptoms of chronic disabling neurological conditions by targeting and changing the behavior of nerves in the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body. Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a type of neuromodulation that has been tremendously effective at eliminating symptoms of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia.

Providence Neuromodulation Center will bring together experts from many neurosciences, all focused on easing the suffering of people with debilitating neurological conditions. Through clinical trials, Providence researchers will use DBS to explore its potential for treating Alzheimer's disease, depression, obesity, epilepsy, chronic pain and obsessive compulsive disorder.

As you consider making a gift, know that your generosity will help support the operating room equipment, patient navigator and key research resources needed to move this important work forward. By making a donation, you'll be investing in the groundbreaking discoveries waiting to be made.