Walk for Epilepsy - Pinellas
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Lake Seminole Park
Walk for Epilepsy - Hillsborough
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Al Lopez Park
Joseph McElroy Awareness
My brother was 20 years old when he died in September, 2010 from a seizure. He had epilepsy, but had not had a seizure in over two years. He had just gotten home from a night out with his friends, said goodnight to my mom, and never woke up. I think of him every single day, and cannot understand why he was taken from us so soon.
Please help me and my family raise money to send as many children with epilepsy to camp this summer in honor of Joseph. Any gift, big or small, is much appreciated. Thank you!
International Epilepsy Day
Started in 2015 and organized by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the day provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories with a global audience. The day also calls for all people to advocate for appropriate legislation that will guarantee human rights of people with epilepsy and encourages people with epilepsy to live to their fullest potential. The Epilepsy Foundation is a full member of IBE.
Despite being one of the world’s oldest known medical conditions, public fear and misunderstanding about epilepsy persists, making many people reluctant to talk about it. That reluctance leads to lives lived in the shadows, discrimination in workplaces and communities, and a lack of funding for new therapies research. For many people living with epilepsy, the misconceptions and discrimination can be more difficult to overcome than the seizures themselves.
International Epilepsy Day seeks to raise awareness and educate the general public on the true facts about epilepsy and the urgent need for improved treatment, better care, and greater investment in research.