Epilepsy is the fourth 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 National 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 the calendar below for our full list of Epilepsy Awareness Month activities. If you have questions or want more information, contact email@example.com or call 215-629-5003.
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.
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.L to R: Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row lit-up in Purple in 2015; President & CEO, Elizabeth Beil with teen advocates in Harrisburg; NE Resource Coordinator, Mary Loughlin, with Senator Bob Casey
Host Your Own Fundraiser
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 you care about! To attend a restaurant night or volunteer fundraiser, please see the below NEAM calendar. And click here to find out how you can hold a DIY Fundraiser or social event, and bring together our epilepsy community!