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Affiliate Spotlight for National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Our affiliates hosted some wonderful events this November for National Epilepsy Awareness Month. There were educational trainings and meetings, fun leisure activities, awareness events, fundraisers, and programs to support people with epilepsy and make their lives easier. Check out some of these great events...
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
During the months of October and November, the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA) was given the opportunity to provide a new and unique program to the Georgia epilepsy community. Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program, funded by Lundbeck, Inc., allowed EFGA to bring art therapy to nine adults living with epilepsy from all over the state. In four 3-hour sessions, the program's participants created works of art that expressed their experiences with epilepsy through a variety of art mediums. The program served as not only a creative outlet for expressing experiences with epilepsy, but also as an opportunity for meeting with and offering support to others living with epilepsy.
The program's nine participants created over 30 pieces of art throughout the course of the program, and included a diverse group of adults of different ages, genders, and races. Each participant's unique personalities shined through their artwork, but all were unified by their shared experience with epilepsy. Select pieces of artwork from the program will be displayed at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD in December. Please click here to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
As part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati's (EFGC) efforts to build a sustainable partnership in West Virginia, a host of activities have been organized for National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
To kickoff November, the EFGC hosted a Tailgate for Epilepsy Party before the Marshall University/UAB football game on October 29. The Foundation shared good food and fellowship with members of the local support group and gave away purple wristbands and pom-poms with the Foundation logo. During the game the scoreboard featured banner ads on National Epilepsy Awareness Month with facts about epilepsy. Also during the game, Rian Hearn was presented the Epilepsy Ambassador Award for his efforts to raise awareness on the local, state and national level.
During November, four weekly ads were featured in the Huntington Herald Dispatch depicting four individuals who have epilepsy. They shared their story and the message that "I may have epilepsy, but epilepsy does not have me!" Finally, the EFGC has partnered with UCB to host a Living Well With Epilepsy presentation. There will be powerful testimony about life with epilepsy given by Becky, the proud mother of four beautiful children, who encourages others to reach beyond their seizures and live out their dreams.
The EFGC has hoped that through these efforts in Huntington, WV more people will be aware of epilepsy and the services available, and will join together to make sure not another moment is lost to seizures! Please click here to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.