About Eric Palmer Memorial Foundation
The goals of the Foundation are to raise awareness of the effect emotional stress has on physical health, and to provide support to children suffering from anxiety or emotional stress.
The ways in which we will work to achieve our vision:
- by bringing into mainstream media the studies which have been done to link emotional stress to physical health;
- by facilitating workshops for children suffering from anxiety and emotional stress;
- by educating parents to identify anxiety and stress in their children;
- by working with the school system to offer supports.
Eric Palmer Memorial Foundation was created in 2016 by family and friends of Eric after his death at age 29. Eric was an engaging young man who suffered the debilitating effects of Acute Ulcerative Colitis for six years; enduring three major surgeries to remove and reconstruct his colon in 2015.
Prior to Eric’s death he was diagnosed with Sclerosing Cholangitis, an additional autoimmune disease, which can occur in approximately 4% of people with Acute Ulcerative Colitis. The treatment for Sclerosing Cholangitis is liver transplantation. Eric chose not to continue with a life that was defined by physical illness, and ended his own life February 17. As a child Eric was extremely physically healthy, and had a great love of the outdoors. Eric possessed a natural shyness, which at times manifested itself as anxiety.
There is a growing body of evidence which associates anxiety and emotional stress with physical illnesses, specifically autoimmune diseases. While not necessarily a “cause” of Eric’s physical health issues, anxiety and stress most definitely exacerbated his symptoms. In the early 1990’s the school systems in Canada did little to identify or support children with anxiety or emotional stress, and the general thinking of the day was “they’ll outgrow it”.
We at EPMF believe that if anxiety and emotional stress is addressed at a younger age, skills can be developed to avoid further health complications, leading the way to a happier, healthier life.
Eric Palmer Memorial Foundation is a Charitable Organization under the Income Tax Act (77462 7669 RR0001) and a Registered Society in the Province of British Columbia (S0065325), with an elected volunteer Board of Directors. EPMR has a constitution and a set of by-laws to which we adhere.