Philip Gattone
President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation, USA

Chad Hartman
Vice President of Development, Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by seizures. Each year the Foundation hosts the largest annual event supporting people living with seizures. Since its inception in 2007, the National Walk for Epilepsy has been the gathering place for thousands of people to share their stories, bring awareness and raise funds to support the work of the Epilepsy Foundation.

On April 11th, 2015, thousands will travel to the nation’s capitol in celebration of a dynamic and extraordinary community of individuals, families and caregivers affected by epilepsy and professionals who work with people with epilepsy. Professionals and families alike will join together to make this an extraordinary event. A family reunion for the epilepsy community, this year the Walk welcomes the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. The boys wrote a song for their brother Sammy, who lives with epilepsy, to show him how much they care for him. Their song “Man in Your Corner” will be performed at the National Walk during our Pre-Walk Rally.

Professional communities are very involved in the National Walk. The Epilepsy Foundation’s Professional Advisory and Scientific Advisory boards build teams, volunteer their time, and fundraising for this special day. The Walk also receives many professionals registering teams as a part of the American Epilepsy Society. Professionals are also involved with such programs as “Ask the Experts.” This program is the highlight of the Walk day each year. The Foundation receives positive feedback each year, which allows patients and families a chance to ask the top epilepsy experts in the country questions about epilepsy, new therapies and where important information can be found.

We are excited to announce that the National Walk is hosted on the same weekend as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. Walkers will begin their journey around the Tidal Basin to enjoy the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees and the historic memorials hand-in-hand with the epilepsy family. Participants represent all ages, races and ethnicities. Come wearing your favorite costume, decorate your t-shirt or bring your inspirational banners on your journey.

Join us for our epilepsy family reunion and learn more at Register to Walk. Become a Virtual Walker. Build a team of your own. This fun filled morning involves family friendly activities and shows your support of the epilepsy community we love. By joining, your support helps our mission to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

#DareTo Move Forward…the epilepsy family is counting on us.

In Epilepsy & Behavior; April 2015; 45: 146.

Reprinted with permission from Epilepsy & Behavior, Elsevier for Editorials.