100% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL SUPPORT EPILEPSY SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITY
Recipient charity Epilepsy Ottawa is a not-for-profit, charitable agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with epilepsy and seizure disorders and those closest to them, through support services, education, advocacy, and on-going public awareness. Epilepsy Ottawa strives to create a community where people affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders are empowered and supported to live life to the fullest, free of stigma and barriers.
Epilepsy Ottawa provides services to those affected by epilepsy or seizures in the Ottawa region, including the wider rural communities (Lanark County, Renfrew County, Prescott-Russell County, and Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Counties).
About 10,000 people in this region have epilepsy. Its impact extends beyond the individual with the diagnosis; it affects the entire family and even friends. In that light, there are tens of thousands of people in our region dealing with this neurological condition.
This year, funds raised will help Epilepsy Ottawa bring the program UPLIFT to Eastern Ontario. UPLIFT is an evidence-based program proven to reduce depression in people who struggle with both depression and epilepsy – even 6 months after the program concludes. About 1/3 of people with epilepsy also struggle with depression, thus the program has the potential to make a significant impact.