One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime and an estimated 3.4 million people in the US are living with epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological disease after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Despite these staggering numbers, epilepsy remains a disorder that is largely misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives.
Anyone can develop epilepsy at any time. Everyone should know about the prevalence, impact and what to do if someone is having a seizure.
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 society free of stigma, fear, isolation, discrimination and seizures; a community that’s safe, supportive and accommodating of those living with epilepsy. Throughout the month, the EFEPA works to spread awareness across our region through community events, local partnerships, social media campaigns, and lighting the towns and cities of our 18 counties purple to declare November 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 NEAM calendar. And click here to find out how you can hold a DIY Fundraiser or social event, and bring together our epilepsy community!