Walk to END EPILEPSY goes virtual

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama converts its Walk to END EPILEPSY® planned for Nov. 7 in Birmingham into a virtual walk

The Epilepsy Foundation Alabama will be hosting their statewide “Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY®” on Sat., Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom.

Sara Franklin serves as the executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama.

The event was originally scheduled for November 7 at Railroad Park, but was moved to a virtual format due to the nature of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Following the Zoom presentation on Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m., registrants will be encouraged to walk in support of the Epilepsy Foundation. Instead of walking in person together as a large group, everyone will be walking virtually in their own neighborhood, on their treadmill, or wherever they choose on Nov. 7. Participants will have the freedom and choice to join in whatever capacity they are able.  The nationwide Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY events empower the local community to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education.

“We are excited to once again bring our Birmingham Walk to END EPILEPSY, even if it’s virtual, to those throughout the state of Alabama in order further engage and mobilize the community to be part of the fight to END EPILEPSY®,” said Sara Franklin, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation Alabama. “Even though the event is online, it strengthens our current efforts and generates funding to help families affected by epilepsy and seizures in our local community.”  

Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are more people living with epilepsy than with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, combined. Yet, epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those disorders.

Everyone who participates in the Walk to END EPILEPSY — by leading a team, making a donation, sponsoring a person with epilepsy or volunteering — helps fund research and awareness, training programs on seizure recognition and first aid, as well as improved access to specialty and supportive care. The Walk to END EPILEPSY- Birmingham is expected to raise more than $50,000 to help the more than 54,000 people in Alabama living with epilepsy and seizures.

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


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