Spring is a great time to walk for a cause and on April 11 this year thousands of dedicated supporters of people with epilepsy/seizures will participate in the 9th National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington D.C. Sponsored by the National Epilepsy Foundation, this bold campaign aims to educate the world about the importance of generating awareness about this debilitating disease and the need to raise funds for research towards improving treatment and ultimately finding a cure.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder in which the central nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted causing recurrent seizures, periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of consciousness. According to data from the Epilepsy Foundation, about 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from this disorder of the central nervous system. It is estimated that about 1 out of 26 people in the U.S. will develop this condition at some point in their lifetime.
Epilepsy is associated with various conditions such as head trauma that occurs during birth or from accidents during youth or adulthood, genetic influences, brain conditions, developmental disorders and infectious diseases. These conditions disturb the normal pattern of neuronal activity in the brain and can lead to seizures. Early and accurate diagnosis of the symptoms helps in better disease management. Various types of tests such as computed tomography (CT), electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to detect epilepsy.
The National Walk for Epilepsy is unparalleled in terms of raising funds and spreading general awareness about this common disease. The fund raised from this campaign will be used by the Epilepsy Foundation to provide services for people living with this disease and organize awareness programs for proper seizure recognition and first aid, provide better treatment options and ultimately cures. For registration details, visit http://walkforepilepsy.org/event-info