Chances are you know someone with epilepsy. One in every 100 people has epilepsy. Currently, epilepsy affects more than twice the combined total of those affected by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.
When someone has epilepsy it has a profound affect on the lives of many. It is not a single entity, but a family of more than 2000 syndromes which affects 300,000 Canadians, and 50 million people worldwide.
Seizures can affect and interrupt the daily lives of those with epilepsy, their family and their friends. However, people with epilepsy have fewer seizures if they lead normal, active lives and should be encouraged to find jobs, have a healthy diet, exercise, avoid stressful situations and stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs.
Epilepsy Durham Region is a not-for-profit agency that has supported people with epilepsy since 1986. With over 36,000 people touched by epilepsy in Durham Region, we are currently the only agency providing support, education and advocacy for those living with epilepsy in the region.
By uniting our efforts locally, and through your support, we can ensure that people living with epilepsy in Durham Region are better able to participate in all life experiences; promote independence, quality of life, full community participation, and improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society.
Join the Epilepsy Durham Region Team in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, September 26th, 2010.
Just register with us to RUN or WALK the 5k, half or full marathon, set a fundraising goal and ask your family and friends to support you by making a pledge or by joining the Epilepsy Durham Region Team.
If you are unable to join us on September 26th, please show your support by sponsoring a runner or the Epilepsy Durham Region Team.
To find out more about epilepsy and our agency please visit www.epilepsydurham.com.