Weather-Related Safety Concerns Shut Down "End Epilepsy" Walk at Rose Bowl

EFGLA Challenges 2,000 End Epilepsy Warriors to Raise $100 Each by Creating a Virtual Walk Team Instead

Published : Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 5:35 AM

Due to weather warnings and safety concerns, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles cancelled Saturday’s Walk to End Epilepsy planned for Saturday, February 2 at the Rose Bowl.

“First and foremost, our priority is everyone’s safety. After careful considerations with the Fire Department and the National Weather Service, we deem the weather conditions too hazardous for our participants to travel to, and participate at, the Walk,” said Rebekkah Halliwell, executive director, EFGLA. “This has been a heart-wrenching and difficult decision for the Foundation to make. The annual Walk to End Epilepsy has always been an enjoyable and unified event for our community but at the end of the day, people’s safety is what’s most important.”

To date, the Walk to End Epilepsy has raised more than $435,000. The Foundation is challenging at least 2,000 End Epilepsy warriors to each raise or donate $100 to help exceed the Foundation’s $600,000 fundraising goal for the Walk.

“We encourage everyone to create a virtual team to donate and fundraise online now through March,” said Halliwell. “By creating a virtual Walk to End Epilepsy team, you can walk around your neighborhood, on your treadmill, at your gym, the mall, any place you can find to walk, run, jog or stroll in support of the cause.”

Participants can post photos on social media and tag #walktoendepilepsyGLA and the foundation will share images so everyone can feel “virtually first hand” the powerful sense of community generated with the walk.

The money raised helps fund research and awareness, training programs on seizure first aid, and improved access to specialty care for people affected by epilepsy and seizures in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura and beyond.

To donate and/or create a virtual team, visit WalktoEndEpilepsy.org/LosAngeles.

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