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Strides 5K Run/Walk Raises Funds and Awareness for the more than 43,000 Coloradoans Living with Epilepsy

April 20 Event in Washington Park Expected to be the Biggest Yet

Mar 10, 2008

PRESS RELEASE                                                                   March 10, 2008


CONTACT: Gail Pundsack, Executive Director

                      Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado




Strides 5K Run/Walk Raises Funds and Awareness for the more than 43,000 Coloradoans Living with Epilepsy


April 20 Event in Washington Park Expected to be the Biggest Yet


DENVER Epilepsy, a neurological condition that makes people susceptible to potentially dangerous seizures, affects more than 43,000 children and adults in Colorado alone. The disorder and its related challenges can develop at any time of life, affecting people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. A great deal more research and education is needed to help the growing numbers of people who live with epilepsy every day. To get there, more funding is required.


That is why the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFC) is holding its third annual Strides for Epilepsy 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Denver’s Washington Park in order to raise funds and awareness for children and adults living with epilepsy in our state. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.


John Keating, this year’s event chairman and father of four-year-old Charlotte, who has a rare and difficult form of epilepsy shared, “Our daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just a baby, and since then we have made it our mission to improve not only her life but every life touched by this disorder. This event is so important. Funds are greatly needed and we hope that caring people from throughout our state will come out to join us on April 20.”


The Epilepsy Foundation reports that this neurological disorder is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and cerebral palsy, yet few people understand this brain disorder, characterized by a variety of seizures. In the United States, one in every 100 people will have a seizure in their lifetime.


Programs offered through the EFC include School Nurse Trainings, which are critical to appropriately diagnose epilepsy in the classroom – sometimes mistaken for autism, attention deficit disorder or behavioral problems. Because not all seizures are traditional convulsive seizures misdiagnose can occur. Other programs include statewide information and referral through a 1-800 number (1-888-3789-9779), First Responders Training and Seizure First Aid for law enforcement personnel; Support Groups; advocacy at the legislative level and; research at the national level to develop improved treatments and a cure.


Partners for this year’s Strides for Epilepsy 5K Run/Walk include Pharmion,

PG Exhibits, Promotech and Wells Fargo Bank. Sweetness and Company will be on hand to provide music, along with snacks and beverages at the finish line. 


Registration is $25.00 per person. Children six and under are free. Race day registration is $30.00. Participants are also encouraged to form teams and raise funds in addition to the registration fees. A children’s race event will be held at the finish line at Mississippi and Franklin at 10:00 a.m. Register at or call 303-377-9774. 

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