About National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease in the nation. In fact, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Yet epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives. Anyone can have epilepsy, and everyone should know about the prevalence, impact and seizure first aid.
That’s why November Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) is so important. It’s our chance to teach others what a seizure is, and is not. Let’s dare to imagine a community free of stigma, fear and discrimination against epilepsy. Throughout the month the EFEPA will work to educate individuals and communities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania about epilepsy through educational conferences, events, lighting up cities purple, social media, and reaching out to our 18 counties to declare November as Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Please see below for our full list of 2016 Epilepsy Awareness Month activities. If you have questions or want more information, contact Josh Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-629-5003.
We believe that the 110,000 individuals in Eastern Pennsylvania living with epilepsy need to know about the potential deadly impact of a single seizure and how they can strive to #AimForZero seizures to reduce their risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). That’s why for the 2016 National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we’re partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation of America to support their #AimForZero Campaign. This movement encourages people with epilepsy to adopt four critical actions to reduce their risk of SUDEP:
Putting these behaviors into action can be challenging for people with epilepsy — and their efforts must be supported by caregivers and healthcare team members. To join the #AimForZero Campaign and find out how you can raise awareness about SUDEP in your community, visit: http://www.epilepsy.com/aimforzero
EFEPA partners with governments, schools, and companies throughout the region to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizure disorders. During National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we raise public awareness by lighting up cities purple, securing proclamations from local governments, and participating in events throughout the region. Please see below for the full list of 2016 National Epilepsy Awareness Month Partners:
- Philadelphia Mayor’s Office: Public Proclamation for November as Epilepsy Awareness Month
- Delaware River Port Authority: Light up the Benjamin Franklin BridgePurple (11/18-11/20)
Are you interested in joining EFEPA to raise awareness in your community? Click here to Download our Epilepsy Awareness Month Toolkit for a complete guide to being an Epilepsy Advocate.
We’ve partnered with restaurants throughout the area to donate a portion of their sales to the EFEPA in support of our free programs and services. Additionally, many supporters just like you, have volunteered to host their own fundraisers: everything from softball tournaments to bowl-a-thons to bake sales. These events are wonderful opportunities to bring awareness to your community, raise funds for EFEPA programming, and be passionate about a cause your care about! To attend a restaurant night or volunteer fundraiser, please see the below NAEM calendar. And click here to find out how you can Hold a Fundraiser or Social Event and bring together the Epilepsy community!