ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--While epilepsy affects approximately three million Americans, primarily children, the elderly and those suffering traumatic head injuries like athletes and military veterans, the general public is largely unaware of the real facts about the condition.
That’s something the founders of the third annual Epilepsy Awareness and Education Expo, and Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland are out to change.
“Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, yet it receives less than a tenth of the research funding of any one of them,” said Raman Sankar, M.D., PhD, who is the Chief of the pediatric neurology and epilepsy programs at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
The Epilepsy Awareness and Education Expo takes place in Anaheim at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on Wednesday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Featured will be more than 80 nonprofit support groups, several epilepsy treatment centers, drug and related product manufacturers, seizure dogs and their trainers, physicians and other epilepsy professionals from around the world. It is anticipated that several significant announcements regarding the treatment of epilepsy will made at the event.
Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland, set for Thursday, November 5, from 9 a.m. until the park closes, will send thousands of joyous children and adults touched by epilepsy in one way or another into the park adorned in colorful purple t-shirts sporting the image of Mickey Mouse.
The event’s co-founders are Brad and Candy Levy, parents of daughter Sofie, who was diagnosed with epilepsy after years of having troubling symptoms including seizures. The event’s founding, nonprofit partners include the Danny Did Foundation and the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation.
This year, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) will be recognized for their commitment to uniting the world’s epilepsy communities for the launch of International Epilepsy Day, set annually for the second Monday of February. Also to be honored is the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
The events are expected to draw more than 3,000 people from six continents, and nearby cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim.