STAMFORD, Conn. — The Walk to End Epilepsy is going virtual. Taking into consideration the health and well-being of event participants, volunteers, staff and the Connecticut community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual Walk to End Epilepsy will be held May 10 to June 15. Walkers can join the virtual Walk to support epilepsy efforts in Connecticut by registering at epilepsyct.com/walk. A virtual kickoff celebration on Facebook will be held May 10 at 10:00 a.m., so everyone can join in the fun with the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut at facebook.com/epilepsyfoundationct.
To help Walk for Epilepsy, participants can walk anytime and anywhere between May 10 and June 15. Participants can walk in their neighborhood, on a treadmill, in their yard or anywhere they choose! Be sure to follow the latest CDC guidelines on social distancing to keep you and your community safe. Walkers can fundraise to help support the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut. Whether it is $5 or $500, every dollar counts. Participants are encouraged to register and create a team page with a team story, photo and donation goal. Share the page with friends, family, and co-workers and ask for their support of people with epilepsy in Connecticut. The top five fundraising teams as of June 15th will win a $250 gift card to a restaurant of their choice! The winning teams will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on June 15th.
Participants are asked to share the fun and showcase how they are walking to end epilepsy by tagging photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #WalkToEndEpilepsyCT. T-shirts are available to all registered participants at select safe and secure pick-up locations.
“Even in times like this, seizures haven’t stopped… and neither has the fight to end Epilepsy,” said Linda Wallace, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut. “Going virtual is a way that everyone who planned to attend our Walk in person, can join us in full force for our virtual WALK TO END EPILEPSY and continue to build awareness and take action together for our cause.”
More than 60,000 children and adults in the state of Connecticut suffer from epilepsy and one out of 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Epilepsy affects more Americans than autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's diseases combined. Sadly, one out of three will have uncontrollable seizures even while on medication. Events like the Walk to End Epilepsy raise important funds for school education services, teaching proper seizure first aid, building community awareness of this common condition and busting myths, government lobbying to protect epilepsy patients and their right to life maintaining medications, and support programs that help lift patients to a fulfilling life.
Individual registration is $35.00. Participants are encouraged to start a team, collect donations and walk anywhere — treadmills, trails, or just around your neighborhood anytime between May 10th and June 15th. Family, friends and fellow epilepsy warriors are encouraged to do the same with their friends, co-workers, school or club. Prizes will be awarded to the top five fundraising teams. All proceeds benefit The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut’s programs and services. For more information visit our walk page: https://www.epilepsyct.com/walk/
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