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Epilepsy Foundation Alabama Celebrates 50th Anniversary

December 1, 2020 | By |

Epilepsy Foundation Alabama is celebrating its 50th anniversary in January 2021. On Tues., Jan. 26, Epilepsy Foundation Alabama will livestream a virtual birthday party beginning at 6 p.m. The date was chosen to represent the 1 in 26 people that will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. The livestreamed event will focus on cherishing the nonprofit’s history in the state, celebrating the milestone anniversary, and highlighting current work the chapter is doing to walk alongside those in Alabama going through their epilepsy journeys.

Donations for the 50th anniversary are still being accepted. Click the button below for more details.

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“We are excited to kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of Epilepsy Foundation Alabama,” said Sara Franklin, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation Alabama.  “Since the nonprofit’s founding in 1971, many people have benefited from the services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation. As we enter 2021 and beyond, we are committed to fighting epilepsy together.”

There is no mandatory fee to register, but households are encouraged to donate $126 or more if they are able.

People that have either been touched by Epilepsy Foundation Alabama or know about the history of the organization are encouraged to email their memories and photos to

“So many wonderful people from across our state have been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation over the past five decades,” said Garland Stansell, APR, Advisory Board Chair, Epilepsy Foundation Alabama . “The virtual birthday party will be a wonderful way to reflect on the difference the Epilepsy Foundation has made in people’s lives, and creates an opportunity to bring attention to the prevalence of the epilepsies.”

Funds raised during the 50th anniversary virtual event will go toward supporting Epilepsy Foundation Alabama efforts which include:

    • Seizure First Aid Virtual Trainings and Certifications
    • Our 24/7 Helpline
    • School Personnel & School Nurse Seizure First Aid Trainings in Alabama
    • Monthly Support Groups
    • Epilepsy Foundation Kids Crew memberships and activities
    • SUDEP Institute
    • Teens Speak Up & Public Policy Institute -advocating for needs of those with epilepsy on federal level
    • State legislation efforts surrounding seizure safe schools
    • Information and referral services
    • Summer camp scholarships
    • Educational conferences related to health and wellness for those with epilepsy & their caregivers
    • Research
    • COVID-19 & Epilepsy Education Program
    • Epilepsy Foundation Alabama’s podcast and more

Sponsorship opportunities for the virtual birthday party are available. To get more information on the various levels and benefits, contact Sara Franklin at or call 205-453-8291.

The organization is a statewide 501c3 nonprofit that has led the fight against seizures in the state since 1971. Epilepsy Foundation Alabama seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy and seizures by leading the fight to overcome challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

About Epilepsy 

Epilepsy, the most common serious brain disorder worldwide, is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 54,000 people in Alabama are living with epilepsy and seizures, including more than 7,500 children. Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. For more information about epilepsy, visit


About Epilepsy Foundation Alabama 

Founded in 1971, Epilepsy Foundation Alabama is a chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States. The Foundation is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® in Alabama by connecting people to treatment, support and resources; leading advocacy efforts; funding innovative research and the training of specialists; and educating the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. Epilepsy Foundation Alabama seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy and seizures. The organization is guided by a local advisory board. For more information about Epilepsy Foundation Alabama, visit