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Epilepsy Foundation sets date for annual Walk to End Epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation Alabama announces that it will hold the annual Walk to END EPILEPSY® during National Epilepsy Awareness Month on Sat., Nov. 6, 2021 at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham (map).

The Walk to END EPILEPSY brings the community together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education. This family-friendly walk will help create awareness, share stories, help educate others, and raise funds to support people living with epilepsy.

“The pandemic has changed many things, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to our epilepsy community,” said Sara Franklin, Executive Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for the Epilepsy Foundation. “With each step and fundraising dollar, we’re closer to helping people with epilepsy be free from epilepsy and free from fear of the next seizure.”

Epilepsy can affect anyone. Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite its prevalence, epilepsy receives ten times less the funding than other brain disorders.

The money raised funds services for people living with epilepsy; training on proper seizure recognition and first aid; advocacy to ensure health care options remain strong for people living with seizures; and research for better treatments and cures. The 2021 Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham has a goal of raising $100,000.

Funds raised from the walk event will go toward supporting Epilepsy Foundation Alabama efforts which include:

  • Seizure First Aid Virtual Trainings and Certifications
  • Our 24/7 Helpline
  • School Personnel & School Nurse Seizure First Aid Trainings in Alabama 
  • Monthly Support Groups
  • Epilepsy Foundation Kids Crew memberships and activities
  • SUDEP Institute
  • Teens Speak Up & Public Policy Institute -advocating for needs of those with epilepsy on federal level
  • State legislation efforts surrounding seizure safe schools
  • Information and referral services
  • Summer camp scholarships
  • Educational conferences related to health and wellness for those with epilepsy & their caregivers
  • Research
  • COVID-19 & Epilepsy Education Program

Individuals or small teams of family and friends can register for the event, which will begin with registration at 10:00 a.m. at Railroad Park the day of the walk. There are no mandatory fees to register, and those with epilepsy will receive a free t-shirt. Others that raise $50 or more for the event will also qualify for an event t-shirt.

To sign up or for more information about the Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham, please visit www.WalktoEndEpilepsy.org/Birmingham.

“So many wonderful people from across our state have been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation since the organization was launched in our state in 1971, exactly 50 years ago,” said Amy Padgett, Community Engagement Board Chair for the Epilepsy Foundation Alabama. “The walk this fall will be a wonderful way to reflect on the difference the Epilepsy Foundation has made on people’s lives, and creates an opportunity to bring attention to the prevalence of the epilepsies.”

The outdoor event will be held in accordance with CDC, state and local health guidance and regulations. As guidance and safety measures evolve in the weeks and months ahead, Epilepsy Foundation will continue to update supporters about what to expect locally regarding masks, sanitizing stations, social distancing and crowd management, modified event layouts, and contactless engagement options.

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