“I’m honored to be part of the Walk to End Epilepsy and support my sister whose own courage facing seizures has inspired me on and off the field,” said UCLA Quarterback Brett Hundley.
Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 07, 2013
UCLA starting quarterback Brett Hundley calls on fans to join Team Hundley and the Walk to End Epilepsy at the Rose Bowl on November 17th.
The all-star QB is mounting his own fundraising and awareness campaign with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, an organization that supports the 160,000 families in the greater L.A. region living with epilepsy -- the world’s most common, serious brain disorder.
Supporters can join Team Hundley at http://www.teamhundley.org by registering to walk at the Rose Bowl or donate to his team.
Building off last year’s success, Hundley joins the event with his sister Paris, whose personal battle with epilepsy has resulted in more than 100 hospitalizations.
“I’m honored to be part of the Walk to End Epilepsy and support my sister whose own courage facing seizures has inspired me on and off the field,” said Hundley. “Hopefully through my family’s story, we will empower people to better understand what it means to live with epilepsy, to not be afraid of it, and to help find a cure.”
Hundley is helping to bring more awareness to the event through social media, interaction with Team Hundley members and participation as a walker at the event.
In addition to Hundley’s involvement, UCLA is supporting the cause during home games with Jumbo Tron and in-stadium announcements.
The Walk to End Epilepsy is the premier community event for epilepsy in the greater L.A. region, drawing more than 3,000 walkers. The event features a 5K run/walk and 1-mile stroll, games, live music, food trucks, and epilepsy education including big, inflatable brain. Registration is $25. For more information, visit http://www.walktoendepilepsy.org.
Funds raised support the work of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles -- research to accelerate cures for the epilepsies, training of epilepsy specialists, a helpline and events to connect families affected, as well as awareness and training in schools and the community at large so everyone knows more about epilepsy and seizure first aid.
“It is critical that more people follow in Brett’s footsteps and break the silence around epilepsy,” said Susan Pietsch-Escueta, executive director, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. “We can start by joining together at the Walk to End Epilepsy and bring attention to how common it is to live with epilepsy and how important it is to raise funds. We continue to need resources to connect families with information and to each other in order to combat the isolation and myths, and to support care and hope for cures.”
Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million people in the U.S. and 65 million worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy and more people will die from seizure-related causes than from breast cancer.
About the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
Established in 1957 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® and the burden of seizures. Our fundraising and community efforts support care, advocacy and education, today, while investing in research and hope for tomorrow. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is part of a nationwide network of affiliates, which are stronger together with the recent merger of the Epilepsy Foundation and Epilepsy Therapy Project. Visit us online at ENDEPILEPSY.org. ‘Like’ END EPILEPSY on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/endepilepsy and follow us on Twitter at @EndEpilepsy.