5,000 Walked to Make a Difference for the Epilepsy Community
April 3, 2012
— Sixth Annual National Walk for Epilepsy was a Huge Success—
Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2012) — On Saturday, March 31, the Epilepsy Foundation hosted its sixth annual National Walk for Epilepsy to help support the Foundation’s mission to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy on the National Mall.
Ask the Experts: a Q&A session with top neurologists fielding questions from Walk participants. The 2012 panel featured Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board Chair Joseph Sirven, M.D., Epilepsy Foundation Board Chair Brien Smith, M.D., and Joan Austin, D.N.S. Joan Austin and Joseph Sirven served on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies, and provided an overview of the IOM study results, released on March 30, in addition to expert feedback from the entire panel on treatment options, medications and promising research.
“This is a once-a-year event where families from across the country are able to come together and support each other. So many signs and shirts read, ‘You are not alone,’” said Ellen Woods, Vice President of Development at the Epilepsy Foundation. “That’s the positive attitude and enthusiasm we saw all across the Mall on Saturday that made this Walk so inspiring and inclusive for everyone who participated.”
Epilepsy is a neurological condition affecting nearly 3 million people in the U.S. Approximately 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. Over the past five years, the National Walk for Epilepsy has engaged more than 30,000 people and raised more than $5 million.
While there is currently no cure for epilepsy, promising research toward new treatments and a cure is being conducted every day. Money raised for the National Walk for Epilepsy provides funding for this research, as well as support for programs and services for people with epilepsy and their families.
To learn more about the Walk, visit www.WalkforEpilepsy.org, like the Epilepsy Foundation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/epilepsyfoundationofamerica and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/epilepsyfdn.