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MAYOR FLETCHER TO OFFICIATE SATURDAY’S EPILEPSY WALK

Epilepsy Walk this Saturday, February 9, at Riverside Park in Vero Beach

 

Vero Beach, Fla. – Vero Beach Mayor Craig Fletcher will officiate the 2nd Annual “Walk the Talk for Epilepsy Awareness” walk-a-thon in Vero Beach on February 9 at Riverside Park. Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar will also be present to cut the ribbon and send this year’s walkers on their way.

Proceeds from the walk, started last year as a grass roots effort by Vero Beach teen Christopher Flaig, will support Epilepsy Foundation of Florida services such as direct medical and neuropsychological services, advocacy and counseling, education, prevention and more for people diagnosed with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Flaig is one of the more than 375,000 Floridians who are stricken with the disorder. Flaig first organized the event last year because epilepsy, despite its prevalence, does not attract the widespread attention, research and funding as other major neurological conditions. “We’re very proud and appreciative of an individual like Christopher to take such strong initiative in advocating our cause,” said Karen Basha Egozi, EFOF chief executive officer. “The more attention and support we raise, the more we can serve the community and come closer to preventing epilepsy for thousands of other Floridians.”

The walk-a-thon will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. Registration is free, but walkers are requested to raise at least $50 in pledges. T-shirts and other gifts will be distributed, and prizes will be awarded for the largest fundraiser.

For more details on the Vero event, call Cynthia on 772-776-6258. Registration forms and additional information can be found at www.EpilepsyFLA.org.