Thousands of People with Epilepsy and their Loved Ones Participate in the 12th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy on the National Mall
Saturday, 14 April 2018 Contributions Fund Research, Programs and Services for 3.4 Million People in the U.S. Living with Seizures
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting its 12^th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy on the National Mall with thousands of participants including families, healthcare providers, partners, and celebrities. Rick Harrison from “Pawn Stars”, NFL Quarterback Brett Hundley from the Green Bay Packers, Chef Chris Kyler from “Food Network Star” and Tonya Pointer (aka DJ Nonchalant) joined the Walk as celebrity champions for the cause.The annual 5K walk in the nation’s Capital brings the community together to celebrate the Foundation’s 50^th year of leading the fight against seizures, raised donations to support much-needed research, advocacy, education and services for the more than 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with seizures.
When a person has two unprovoked seizures or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more, they are considered to have epilepsy. (An unprovoked seizure is one that occurs for no known reason.) Epilepsy affects more than 3.4 million people in the U.S. and 65 million worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, at least 3 out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.
*About the Epilepsy Foundation*
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with over 50 local organizations throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is: to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit epilepsy.com.“Like” the Epilepsy Foundation on Facebook at facebook.com/epilepsyfoundationofamerica and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/epilepsyfdn.
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