1,500 March for Epilepsy in the Northwest

Jun 20, 2011, 12:14 ET from Epilepsy Foundation Northwest

Walks benefit people living with seizures

SEATTLE, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 1,500 people marched in eight cities throughout the northwest on Saturday, June 18 for the 9th Annual Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy.  The events occurred in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Tacoma, Tri-Cities, Hermiston, Anchorage and Juneau.  All events benefited the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest.

"We were thrilled with the response from the community to support people with epilepsy in the northwest," said Brent Herrmann, CEO.  "Rain or shine people came out in droves to make this event the most successful to date raising over $160,000."

Proceeds from the multi-city walks support uncompensated programs and services including Camp Discovery for children with epilepsy and their siblings, year-round educational and support groups, self-advocacy and mentoring programs, emergency medication assistance, and seizure response training programs for school nurses and personnel, first responders and employers.

"This was our first time in Tacoma for this event and we did great," said Laurel Wilson, local event volunteer. "Families living with epilepsy really came together as one this weekend."

Sponsors include MultiCare Health System, NWCN (Northwest Cable News), The News Tribune, Providence Health & Services, Cyberonics, PhRMA, MediciGlobal, NeuroVista and Lundbeck.

Donations can still be made to support the Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy campaign at www.NWRunWalk.org or call the Run/Walk hotline at 206-547-4551.

About EFNW

The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW) leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy. EFNW is the principal advocate for the epilepsy community in Oregon, Washington, Alaska with support to Montana.  Nearly 119,000 people are living with epilepsy or seizure related disorders in the northwest.

SOURCE Epilepsy Foundation Northwest