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Epilepsy Freedom Walk November 2, 2008

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Today Monica, Kyle and I traveled up to Griffith Park in Los Angeles to participate in the Epilepsy Freedom Walk.   As many of you already know Kyle has been diagnosed with Epilepsy, an this was the first time that we were able to do something to help raise money for research and awareness of Epilepsy.

We were a little concerned when we woke up Sunday morning.  It hasn’t rained in months, but as luck would have it we woke up to a steady downpour of rain.  We watched the news to hear that it should be raining off and on all afternoon, and would be clearing up by late afternoon.  We figured we had to go since we already signed up, and Monica had a few friends who also signed up to participate, and we were suppose to meet them there.  They signed up because they wanted to help, and we were determined to go regardless of the weather.

Around half way up to Los Angeles the rain stopped, and by the time we arrived at Griffith Park the sun was starting to show.  It ended up being quite a beautiful day, and we all had a wonderful time.  It was nice to see such a great turnout of people showing up to participate.

Here are some facts about Epilepsy that may surprise you, as well as some photos from the walk.

Epilepsy and seizures are probably more common than you think…

3 million Estimated number of people in the USA with epilepsy. There are twice as many people with epilepsy in the USA than the combined number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

$12.5 billion The annual estimated direct and indirect costs of epilepsy in the USA

800,000 Americans with uncontrolled seizures

360,000 Children under fifteen years afflicted with epilepsy

181,000 Number of people diagnosed with epilepsy each year

25,000-50,000 Will die of seizures and related causes each year in the USA

1 New person diagnosed with epilepsy every 3 minutes

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