LANDOVER, Md: The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting its Walk to END EPILEPSY - D.C. on Saturday, April 27, on the National Mall. For the past 13 years, the Epilepsy Foundation has hosted its annual Walk on the National Mall drawing thousands of people from nearby communities and different parts of the country.
In August 2018, the Foundation adopted the Walk to END EPILEPSY (launched in Los Angeles by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles) and is gradually rolling it out nationwide to provide a platform for people with epilepsy and their families to create awareness, share their stories, help educate others, and raise funds to END EPILEPSY. The Walk to END EPILEPSY will feature Greg Grunberg, Rick Harrison, Joe Clair and DJ Non-Chalant, all of whom support the Epilepsy Foundation's mission.
Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. In the U.S., there are more than twice as many people who live with epilepsy than with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis, combined. Yet, epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders.
The nationwide Walk to END EPILEPSY is about taking action together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education, said Geoff Delizzio, chief development officer, Epilepsy Foundation. This premiere event in Washington, D.C., has historically been our largest fundraiser of the year. It creates a lasting impact for families affected by epilepsy and seizures. We are so excited that more than 40 cities — and growing — around the country will now be hosting a Walk to END EPILEPSY to raise funds for efforts in their local communities.
In 2018, more than 2,700 participants attended the Walk on the National Mall and raised $1,115,375 to fund 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; research for better treatments and cures; new local offices to serve regions previously underserved; as well as support for nearly nine million users on epilepsy.com and 250,000 social media followers.
Other personalities at this year's Walk to END EPILEPSY - D.C. include DEM Raider Boyz (Eleanor Roosevelt High School) who competed on NBC's World of Dance and the Manassas Park High School Cougar Marching Band and Drumline.
The Walk to END EPILEPSY - D.C. is expected to attract more than 3,000 people and raise at least $1 million to help the more than 3.4 million people living with epilepsy in the U.S. The event's Walkers Village will feature the Big Brain Exhibit (a giant, walk-through inflatable big brain); a PurpleRouge tent where participants can decorate their attire, adorn themselves and their accessories with the colors of END EPILEPSY; and a Remembrance Wall with Memorial Flags to honor those who lost their lives to epilepsy-related causes, like sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
Everyone who participates virtually or in person at any Walk to END EPILEPSY — by leading a team, making a donation, sponsoring the event or volunteering — is making an impact for people with epilepsy. For those who want to participate, but do not live close to a Walk to END EPILEPSY location, they can create a Virtual Team. To sign up for the Walk to END EPILEPSY - D.C. please visit WalkforEpilepsy.org. To find a Walk to END EPILEPSY in your region, please visit WalktoEndEpilepsy.org.
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