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OUR MISSION

"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives."

 

LET'S ALL USE OUR BRAINS TO END EPILEPSY

Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don't want to talk about it, but we can no longer ignore it. Over a lifetime, one in 10 million people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with active epilepsy -- that's more than Autism, Spectrum Disorders, Parkinson's, Multiple Scleroris and Cerebal Palsy combined. Yet, Epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders.

The Epilepsy Foundation has created a nationwide campaign that places a focus on the brain to change the conversation around seizures and rally everyone to End Epilepsy. "Let's Use our Brains to End Epilepsy" will help the general public understand the connection between epilepsy and the brain.

 

How Can You Help

Build Awareness - spread the word that epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy.

Educate About Seizure First Aid - Show others how they can use their brains to take care of someone having a seizure. Seizure First Aid is simple -- Three S's: Stay, Save, Side. Stay with the person having a seizure. Make sure they are Safe. If they convulse, turn them on their Side. Never put anything in their mouth and if the seizure persists longer than five minues, call 911.

Encourage Others to Take Action - Share the campaign stories (and your story if you have one) and encourage people to take action at EndEpilepsy.org.