Anonymous Donor Matches $26K in Donations to Epilepsy Foundation’s Give 26 Initiative to Fund Programs & Services for People with Epilepsy in Florida

Friday, May 8, 2020

TAMPA — Epilepsy Foundation Florida recently rolled out a new fundraising initiative, “Give 26 to END EPILEPSY®,” centered on the fact that 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. The initiative calls for everyone to donate $26 or more to support people with epilepsy and provide critical funds to end this brain disorder. An anonymous donor is matching up to $26,000 in donations to help support people with epilepsy in Florida.

“Even in times like these, seizures don’t stop, and neither has our fight to END EPILEPSY,” said Meredith Terrian, executive director, Epilepsy Foundation Florida. “We are so grateful to the anonymous donor that is inspiring others to donate so that we can continue to provide programs and services to the 223,000 people with epilepsy we serve in Florida. Give26 is designed to not just raise funds, but also create awareness about epilepsy and seizures.”

Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain and seizures can strike at any time, without warning or reason. Each year there are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy. Over a lifetime, 1 in 10 people will have a seizure, and 1 in 26 in the United States will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

In the Florida region, money raised will help fund the 24/7 Helpline, bereavement services after the loss of a loved one due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), clinical case management for individuals in the Tampa Bay region, and training of school nurses and law enforcement on seizure detection, first aid, and response.

For more information about Give 26 to END EPILEPSY or to make a donation, please visit

About Epilepsy

According 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 Foundation Florida

Epilepsy Foundation Florida serves people living with epilepsy across the state. The Foundation is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® in Florida by supporting and mobilizing the epilepsy community through educational activities, direct services, advocacy, as well as research to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation also seeks to educate the general public to better understand epilepsy and seizure disorders, including knowing proper seizure first aid. For more information, please visit

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Meredith Terrian
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Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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