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EFOF Gainesville Chapter sponsoring inaugural annual walk for epilepsy

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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EFOF Gainesville Chapter sponsoring inaugural annual walk for epilepsy

“Sharing and Caring” 5K Walk, Silent Auction To Raise Funds, Enhance Knowledge

During Epilepsy Awareness Month

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WHO:

The Gainesville branch of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF).

WHAT:

In the spirit of its 2008 Epilepsy Awareness Month campaign theme “Let’s Talk About It,” the organization is inviting all those interested in supporting its cause and learning more about the disorder to attend the 1st Annual Sharing and Caring 5K Walk and Silent Auction.

The individual registration fee is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event; the registration cost for teams of 4-6 people is $75 in advance and $80 the day of the event.

In addition to the 5K walk, the event will feature a silent auction, food and festivities appropriate for the entire family.

WHEN:

Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Trinity Methodist Church - 4000 N.W. 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL

HOW:

For more information or to register, call EFOF at 352-378-4324 or visithttps://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/florida/registration.cfm?eventid=1839

About Epilepsy & Epilepsy Awareness Month

Held annually in November, the mission of Epilepsy Awareness Month is to create heightened awareness about the disorder, dispel myths and the stigma often associated with those who suffer from epilepsy, and to generate funds to benefit those who are afflicted. According to the National Epilepsy Foundation, 50 million people worldwide and more than 3 million people of all ages in the U.S. have some form of the disorder. About 200,000 new cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year, of which 45,000 are under the age of 15. It generates an estimated $12.5 billion in direct and indirect costs annually.

Among the well-known contemporary personalities with epilepsy are legendary rock star Neil Young, Hip-Hop’s DJ Hapa, and professional football players Alan Faneca of the New York Jets and Samari Rolle of the Baltimore Ravens. Actor Greg Grunberg, star of the NBC hit series “Heroes,” is a staunch advocate of epilepsy awareness on behalf of his son, Jake, who has epilepsy. Also believed to have had the affliction: Alexander the Great, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and Vincent Van Gogh.

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; improves how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and provides medical care, prevention and education, case management, support groups, children’s camps and advocacy for persons with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is the lead agency for Epilepsy service programs sponsored by the State of Florida, and is also the sole licensee of the National Epilepsy Foundation in the state. The agency serves 31 counties throughout Florida and has offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville and Palm Beach. For more information, please visit www.epilepsyfla.org.