LANDOVER, Md., Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and the Epilepsy Foundation
"For the epilepsy community, every day is 'epilepsy awareness' day," said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation. "But, November is a key time of the year for our community to come together to promote awareness and rally others to take action. This year, we want to make sure everyone knows that the brain is the source of epilepsy, and also the source of the solutions to End Epilepsy. Our fundraiser with Omaze will help create awareness among the general public while challenging everyone to use their brains — talents and passion — to highlight the brain and epilepsy."
Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. Anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy. Over a lifetime, 1 in 10 people will have a seizure, and 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don't want to talk about it, but it can no longer be ignored. National Epilepsy Awareness Month provides an opportunity for the epilepsy community to create change for people with epilepsy while educating the general public about epilepsy and seizures, as well as seizure first aid.
In addition to the Omaze campaign, the Foundation aims to create awareness by highlighting examples of people who are using their brains to End Epilepsy, including:
During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, join the movement to End Epilepsy by:
About "Let's Use Our Brains to End Epilepsy" Campaign There are 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with epilepsy, and that's more than autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, combined. Yet, epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders. To create awareness and inspire action together to End Epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation launched Let's Use Our Brains to End Epilepsy, a nationwide campaign that places a focus on the brain as the source of seizures and as the source of the solutions to End Epilepsy. For more information about the campaign, visit EndEpilepsy.org.
About EpilepsyAccording to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures, which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.
About the Epilepsy FoundationWith a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States, the Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while also funding $65 million for epilepsy research and supporting 3,076 epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. The Epilepsy Foundation improves access to care for people with epilepsy by expanding its digital reach and online resources in homes across the country, and training hundreds of thousands of school and community personnel in how to recognize seizures and administer seizure first aid. In the past five years, the Foundation has also assisted more than 108,000 people through its 24/7 Helpline, and continues to focus on innovation, new therapies, community services, advocacy and education as key priorities. To learn more, visit epilepsy.com or call 1.800.332.1000. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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