Quad Citians help raise awareness of epilepsy

Community members walked to raise awareness and a little money for the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities.

The annual Quad Cities Walk for Epilepsy was held inside on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Pepsico Center on Augustana College’s campus.

Purple, the internationally recognized color for epilepsy, was worn throughout the crowd. The goal of participants was to raise awareness about the disease, and how it can impact the community.

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“When you look at the Quad City area in general, 1 in 26 people have or will have epilepsy at some point in their lives,” said Monta Ponsetto from the Epilepsy Foundation of the Quad Cities. “When you take the Quad Cities metro area of 383,000, you get over 14,000 people in our area alone who have or will have epilepsy at some point.”

Several raffle items and a silent auction helped raise money for the foundation.

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