“We are so excited that we were able to raise more than $65,000 from participants, teams and event sponsors that will be used to mobilize the community to be part of the fight to END EPILEPSY®,” said Sara Franklin, Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama. “The Walk to END EPILEPSY is the only Walk to END EPILEPSY in Alabama and serves as our largest fundraiser of the year. This annual event strengthens our current efforts and generates funding to help the 54,000 families affected by epilepsy and seizures in Alabama.”
The Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama held the Walk to END EPILEPSY® in Birmingham on November 2, 2019, at Railroad Park. The Walk to END EPILEPSY brought together the community to affect change through care, advocacy, research, and education. More than 700 people attended the event to support the Epilepsy Foundation’s fundraising efforts and help raise awareness about epilepsy.
Sara Franklin had her world shaken in August 2018 — literally.
The Hoover native and new mother was asleep in her home in the Kirkman Preserve community when she, for the first time in her life, experienced what is known as a tonic clonic seizure, sometimes called a grand mal seizure.
Her husband, Drew, woke up to her convulsing in the middle of the night and immediately called 911. She was unconscious during the seizure, which lasted 5 to 10 minutes, and Hoover paramedics recommended she go to the emergency room.
Doctors determined it was probably a one-time event, but recommended she see a neurologist for further testing. An MRI and electroencephalogram (EEG) found nothing alarming, but in November, Franklin experienced some partial seizures, where she had a blank stare, laughed and didn’t respond for about 30 seconds.
It was then that doctors determined she has epilepsy, a neurological disorder associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The diagnosis changed her life and her career path.
Thanks for everyone who joined us for the Walk to END EPILEPSY on Saturday, November 2 at Railroad Park in Birmingham. We walk for the more than 54,000 families affected by epilepsy in Alabama. Funds raised from the Walk support our mission in Alabama. Participating in the Walk is a powerful way to be part of the fight to End Epilepsy, support programs and inspire others to join you. Because you walk, give and ask others to give, we are able to continue to offer vital programs and services and build our community through awareness and advocacy.