Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Rise Above Seizures Walk August 2nd
Help raise money and most of all awareness Park Point Pavilion & Beach House this Thursday at 6:30 pm.
In talking to Lisa Peterson, the Regional Coordinator for the walk, she told me there are several types of Epilepsy. There will be people there to talk about their journey and how they live with it. It will also be a chance to raise some money and have some fun.
Check-in time will be at 5 and the walk will begin at 6:30 pm. You can do what you are comfortable with. The walk will go around the end of Park Point.
One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy.
There are an estimated 60,000 people in our community with epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological condition (after Migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s), yet it’s one of the most under-funded and stigmatized conditions. EFMN works to change this through public awareness efforts, free statewide education and more.
According to the website, some of the money goes for programs such as:
• Information and Referral: Have questions or need resources? Call 800.779.0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact our local Information and Referral Services. Whether you're newly diagnosed, have questions about treatment options, need employment support, or more - our I&R program is here for you. Find out more here.
• Seizure Smart Schools: Is your child's school seizure smart? The Seizure Smart Schools Program brings together students, teachers, school nurses, staff, and families to foster understanding of epilepsy in schools and to teach seizure first aid. Find out if your child's school is seizure smart here.
• Shining Stars: All children are special, but children with epilepsy are Shining Stars! This program connects youth from across MN and ND with other families living with epilepsy and encourages them to “reach for the stars” despite any challenges created by epilepsy. Learn more or register your child here.
•Summer Camps: 2017 marks our 35th year of providing a safe, educational and fun camping experience for youth with seizures at YMCA’s Camp St. Croix. Additionally, we're excited to announce that our camp experience is expanding to include a Day Camp and a Family Camp this year! For more info, or to apply for camp, please visit the website here.
• Connect Groups: Meet other people who have a similar connection to epilepsy! EFMN offers to connect groups to bring together adults with epilepsy, parents of children with epilepsy, and more. For more information or to find a Connect Group near you, check out the website here.