The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting the 11th National Walk for Epilepsy on Saturday, March 25, leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to raise funds for faster development of therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.
The money raised from the walk will also help the foundation provide services for those living with epilepsy, offer awareness programs for adequate seizure recognition and care, and provide a voice to make sure the epilepsy community has proper healthcare options.
For those who don’t walk, volunteers are needed for activities and events in the Walkers Village.
Events begin at 7 a.m. at the Washington Monument National Mall Grounds in Washington, D.C. An awards program and warm-up takes place on the Main Stage at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 9 a.m. Five minutes later, the 1K Family Fun Route Walkers gets underway.
Walkers are to return to Walkers Village by 10:30 a.m., and at 10:45 a.m. the post-walk program top teams are announced. At 11 a.m. there is a special “Ask the Experts” panel event on the Main Stage. The event ends at noon.
From 7 a.m. to noon, you can enjoy activities with friends, family and colleagues inside the Walkers Village.
The 5K Walk consists of a 3.1-mile trail that takes you on a scenic route around the tidal basin, past the Jefferson Memorial, and loops back around to the Walkers Village. There is a water stop along the way.
The 1 Mile Family Fun Walk loops around the Washington Monument and back to the Walkers Village, and is a perfect walk for those who don’t want to take the long-distance option.
You can challenge yourself to become a hero for the community and set a donation goal. Learn more about it here.
In other related news, one of the National Walk for Epilepsy’s silver sponsors, Eisai, will launch a new Medikidz Epilepsy Comic Book at the event.
The comic book is part of Eisai’s involvement in the national event and is the sixth in the series of educational comics designed to inform people about epilepsy. The new book will focus on the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare and is titled “Understanding Transitional Care in Epilepsy.”
The Walkers Village will have a special Eisai booth where the Medikidz superheroes and the comic book’s stars will be present for a special meet-and-greet after the walk. The Eisai booth will also feature an interactive craft station for kids to design their own superhero capes, and attendees can pick up free copies of the new comic book.
The Washingon Monument Grounds are located at 15th Street and Independence Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., 20007.