The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFC) is hosting a 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
to raise funds and awareness for children and adults living with epilepsy.
Apr 10, 2007
PRESS RELEASE April 10, 2007
CONTACT: Gail Pundsack, Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
Denver, Colorado: The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFC) is hosting a 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m. to raise funds and awareness for children and adults living with epilepsy.
John Keating, this year’s event chairman and father of a four year old, Charlotte, who has epilepsy shared, “Our daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at 4 months of age, and the last 4 years have been a journey for us to make things better for her and hopefully for others who face similar paths. On race day, our strength will be in numbers.”
The Epilepsy Foundation reports that epilepsy 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 US, one in every 100 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy impacts children, teens, adults, seniors and all ethnic backgrounds.
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 the upcoming “Strides for Epilepsy 5K Run/Walk” include Pharmion,
PG Exhibits and Promotech. 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. A children’s race event will be held at the finish line at Mississippi and Franklin at 10:00 a.m. Register at www.epilepsycolorado.org or call 303-377-9774.