The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut is bringing its annual Walk to End Epilepsy to Stamford on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Cove Island Park.
— an announcement from the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
The Stamford Walk to End Epilepsy is part of a series of six walks in Connecticut that the Foundation is hosting in May. More than 1,000 walkers are expected to participate and support crucial epilepsy programs through the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.
This year’s Walk specifically supports summer camp for children with epilepsy, as well as mental health programs, memory and cognition programs, education conferences, support groups, epilepsy advocacy work, and more.
If You’re Going …
This family-friendly walk will feature speakers living with epilepsy who will share their stories and join the hundreds of walkers all there to support the Epilepsy Foundation’s fundraising efforts and help raise awareness about epilepsy.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. The family-friendly and stroller accessible walk will start at 10 a.m. and be followed by a lunch celebration.
To sign up or for more information about the Walk to End Epilepsy in Stamford, Connecticut, please visit WalktoEndEpilepsy.org/Connecticut.
9 a.m., — Saturday, May 6, 2023
9 a.m. — Registration opens
9:30 a.m. — Guest Speakers & Presentations
10 a.m. — Walk Begins
11 a.m. — After Walk Celebration
Cove Island Park
1125 Cove Road, Stamford, CT 06902
According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy.
It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions. In our lifetime, one in ten people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy.
There are more children and adults living with epilepsy than Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined. Yet, epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those disorders. In Connecticut alone, there are more than 36,000 individuals affected by epilepsy.
Featured at the event is Taylor Logan, age 25, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at just 16 years old.
As a competitive dancer since she was seven years old, the diagnosis of epilepsy was scary. She thought she wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things she wanted or do the things she loved, which was dancing. At the time, she didn’t know much about epilepsy and didn’t know anyone who lived with it.
Since Taylor’s diagnosis, she has earned her bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in dance, and her master’s degree in sports management. She also still dances every day — but now she does it at professionally as an instructor with Greenwich Dance Arts, where she teaches the next generation the joy of dance.
Taylor also gives back to the community by being a dance instructor at the Stamford JCC and teaches soccer for children ages two to eight, as well as to children with disabilities, ages two to 14.
In addition to her job as a dance instructor and soccer coach, Taylor has been a mentor and camp counselor at a summer camp for children with epilepsy.