The Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama will host the statewide Walk to END EPILEPSY® on November 2, 2019 at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This family friendly walk brings the community together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education.
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. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries.
Sara Franklin, the new Executive Director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama, shares, “The Walk to END EPILEPSY is the only Walk to END EPILEPSY in Alabama and serves as our largest fundraiser of the year. This annual event strengthens our current efforts and generates funding to help families affected by epilepsy and seizures in our local community.” Everyone who participates in the Walk, 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. To sign up or for more details about the Walk visit WalktoEndEpilepsy.org/birmingham.†