OUR MISSION AND HISTORY
The idea for waffles for Tourette originated in 2013 as a way to raise awareness for Tourette syndrome (TS) while also sharing Marc’s passion for the Liège waffle which he would crave as a kid growing up in Brussels in the 1970s. Marc’s passion for Tourette outreach started when his daughter Madeleine was diagnosed with TS over 15 years ago (she is now 22 and in college).
During the day, Marc is a neuroscience professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He also recently joined the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Tourette Association of America. Our outreach for Tourette occurs at many level, from running a yearly workshop in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to conversations about TS at the waffle stand to the abridged description about TS printed on the paper sleeves that we use to wrap the waffles. Our waffle sleeves also contain a link to our website (still under construction) for those interested in learning more about Tourette syndrome.
Our waffles were first sold and introduced through Hobbs, a local coffee shop in Swarthmore, PA as a collaboration with owner William Randall. We were then invited a year later to join the local Swarthmore Farmers Market where the waffles became a huge hit. In 2019, Marc partnered with Chris Parsons, then working as Head Barista at Hobbs, and they turned Waffles For Tourette into a small company. We now operate out of a professional kitchen in Brookhaven, PA and are starting to expand to several markets in the city, notably Philadelphia’s new Cherry Street Pier Market as well as Penn’s University City Farmers Market.
Proceeds of our waffle sales are given to the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PATSA) as well as the National Tourette Association of America (TAA). We have donated over $11,000 since 2013 (see below for denominations).