Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) October 05, 2011
The Epilepsy Foundation Greater Los Angeles will host its first ever "Walk to End Epilepsy" at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA on Sunday, October 16, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The non-competitive 5K run/walk is expected to draw thousands of people from the region in a much needed show of support.
The event provides a platform for the epilepsy community to increase awareness and inspire others to join the fight to END EPILEPSY®. It will also offer an Epilepsy Community Resource Fair featuring the epilepsy centers and other local resources with interactive stations and activities for participants of all ages.
“According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the world's most common serious brain disorder," said Dr. Christi Heck, a Trustee of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and director of the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. "Epilepsy affects about 60 million men and women of all ages, races and income levels around the world."
"This event is in honor of those living with epilepsy, and in memory of those who have died because of epilepsy," said Susan Pietsch-Escueta, the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. “Whatever the reason for getting involved, this is a very important date and place to show your support to END EPILEPSY."
The Walk To End Epilepsy is open to anybody who wishes to walk or run for the cause. People are encouraged to participate individually or as a member of a team. Individuals can also start their own virtual team or simply donate without walking.
To register or donate, visit http://www.WalkToEndEpilepsy.org. Event registration costs $25 and includes access to the 5K run/walk, Community Resource Fair and activities, such as a scavenger hunt, photobooth, opportunity drawings and food trucks.
"Our family is walking because of our son, Sebastian, and thousands of children like him," said Walk Chairperson, Carrie Baum. “Sebastian and his friend, Ari, are leading their school team.
“Sebastian's and Ari's families understand first-hand that seizures steal moments and can impact development and affect learning. They also know how epilepsy changes lives and that is why they are walking to END EPILEPSY,” said Pietsch-Escueta.
"Team Teena is walking in memory of my mother, Teena Marie, who died during a fatal grand mal tonic-clonic seizure in Pasadena, California, last December," said daughter and Team Captain, Alia Rose.
The world remembers Teena Marie as an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. However, few know that her life as “Ivory Queen of Soul” was cut short by seizures.
"She would want us to join the fight to END EPILEPSY," said her friend, Meko Moore.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles acknowledges support from Lundbeck, Cyberonics, Wedbush, Wendy's and medical centers in our region. For corporate sponsorship inquiries, please contact Judith Deutsch at 310.670.2870.
Without warning, seizures can happen to anyone at any age. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy. Seizures do not all look the same and, according to the International League Against Epilepsy, there are currently more than 25 different recognized epilepsy syndromes affecting almost 3 million people in the U.S. and about 60 million people worldwide. Someone is diagnosed with epilepsy every three minutes and, this year alone, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed. To date, there are no known cures.
About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
Established in 1957, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is the only nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated solely to serving the almost 160,000 people living with epilepsy throughout our 4-county region of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® and the burden of seizures. We focus on care, advocacy, research and education. http://www.END-EPILEPSY.org
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