2023 Events

Walk for Epilepsy - Pinellas

Saturday, March 4, 2023
Lake Seminole Park
Seminole, FL

Walk for Epilepsy - Hillsborough

Saturday, April 1, 2023
Al Lopez Park
Tampa, FL

Embassador Gala

Saturday, May 6, 2023
6:30pm – 9:30pm
BioSpine Institute

Walk for Epilepsy - Pinellas Sponsors

Walk for Epilepsy - Hillsborough Sponsors

Joseph McElroy Awareness

The Story

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.

The Epilepsy Services Foundation named a scholarship in honor of my brother: the Joseph McElroy Camp Boggy Creek Scholarship Fund. It allows children with epilepsy the chance to go to camp for a week during the summer and just be kids. My brother went to this camp and looked forward to it every single year. It was probably the only time my mom didn’t have to worry about him because she knew he was having lots of fun and there were doctors and medical staff surrounding him in case he did have a seizure.  My brother hated leaving Camp Boggycreek each year, and was planning to return to Boggycreek as a counselor.
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!

Purple Day

!!!Purple Day is Today!!!

What is Purple Day?

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day!

International Epilepsy Day

International Epilepsy Day has Arrived sooooo Celebrate

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.