Dr. Nathan Fountain, director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and chair-elect of the Epilepsy Foundation's Professional Advisory Board, doesn't just talk the talk when it comes to supporting people living with epilepsy, he also walks the walk. Well, actually, he runs the run.
As part of our Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative, Dr. Fountain is running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, on October 27 on a team from the University of Virginia.
Launched in 2013, Athletes vs. Epilepsy offers athletes the unique opportunity to play or race and raise funds in support of accelerating new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures. Super Bowl champion Geoff Pope and his former college teammate Sam Estes, currently an executive/diplomatic protection agent with the U.S. government, are the co-chairs of the initiative.
"I want to raise awareness about epilepsy beyond the usual audience of people who are already part of the epilepsy community," Fountain said. "Marathons and other athletic events are great opportunities to raise awareness about epilepsy among people who would not normally have any exposure to it."
If you are interested in running alongside Dr. Fountain at the Marine Corps Marathon or joining our team at the ING New York Marathon or Philadelphia Marathon later this fall, we still have spots open for all three.
Visit www.epilepsy.com/AthletesvsEpilepsy for more information about the marathons or to learn more about how you can raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation competing in other events like a softball league or bowling tournament!
The more people we have out there talking about epilepsy, the better. As Dr. Fountain said, "I want to expose as many 'non-epilepsy' people as possible to epilepsy and Athletes vs. Epilepsy gives everyone that chance."