More than 2,000 participants gathered in Washington D.C. on March 25 for the National Walk for Epilepsy, the annual 5K to raise funds to find a cure and educate people about epilepsy.
Now in its 11th year, the National Walk for Epilepsy has raised over $10 million to offer services for epilepsy patients, build awareness for the over 40 types of seizures and correct first aid, and implement research on improved treatment therapy choices, the Epilepsy Foundation said in a press release.
This year’s event featured live performances, activities for families and panel talks by medical experts, as well as an optional one-mile “Family Fun Walk” that looped around the Washington Monument, the Epilepsy Foundation said. The event also recognized National Walk chair, Alan Strauss, whose son has epilepsy.
“Each step taken today will help raise awareness, accelerate therapies, and provide support and services for all people living with epilepsy and seizures,” Epilepsy Foundation President and CEO Phillip Gattone said in the release. “Every year the walk brings together a dedicated group of walkers, volunteers, and Epilepsy Foundation staff. This year was no exception. With the strength of this amazing community, I truly believe we have the power to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.”