Gear Up for Epilepsy was inspired by a young cyclist, Charlie, who dreamed of riding with his father across the United States.Unfortunately, he would not be able to accomplish that dream as his ride was cut short by SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy) in August of 2016.
Every year, 3,000 people in the United States die from SUDEP.
On June 18, 2017, Charlie’s parents, Clif and Arleen and several of their friends and family departed on a 2-month, 3,712 mile cross-country bicycle trek that their son dreamed of accomplishing.Together, the Coast to Coast for Charlie Team supported by its community and other Gear Up for Epilepsy cyclists, supported by their friends, family and communities rode over 20,000 miles and raised over $54,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation and its SUDEP Institute.
Join Athletes vs Epilepsy Gear Up for Epilepsy (GUFE) and create your own cycling trek to help contribute to the miles ridden and funds raised in support of the 3.4 million people living with the challenges of epilepsy and the families of the 3,000 people who die every year from sudden unexpected death from epilepsy.
It’s simple! If you have a bicycle, even a stationary bike. .you can raise funds, awareness, and miles to help lead the fight against epilepsy.
Interested in organizing your own group rides? Sign up as a GUFE Road Warrior. We will send you a toolkit to guide your path by serving as a Gear Up for Epilepsy Road Warrior.
If you already ride with a group, then you are all set! Simply dedicate a few of your rides as Athletes vs Epilepsy Rides. If you don't have a group, then start one of your own!
Designate a date(s) that will be Epilepsy Awareness rides; Inform your fellow riders and promote the ride with flyers and via social media. Ask them to support by wearing purple or purchasing a Gear Up for Epilepsy Jersey; Give a brief overview before or after the ride about why you are supporting the Epilepsy Foundation through the Athletes vs Epilepsy program; Pass out the brochures and seizure first aid cards that we provide you; Take pictures and have fun! To learn more click here.
Whether on a stationary bike at the gym, your family’s regular weekend bike ride through the neighborhood, riding to school or work, or your weekly bike groups’ multi-mile trek, you can log your miles, raise funds and awareness.
Athletes vs Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes of all ages and levels, coaches, volunteers and fans. The goal is to raise awareness, build participation, and help fund the Epilepsy Foundation’s mission to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy, and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The initiative helps to bring epilepsy awareness to all sports through participation by athletes of all ages and skill levels as well as their supportive friends, family, and fans.
The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that people with epilepsy can experience all that life has to offer. Athletes vs Epilepsy affirms this positive message and embodies it through action and the belief that anyone, regardless of athletic talent, can help to fundraise and raise awareness.
YOU can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. Donate to the cause through our team fundraising page or join the Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative. Visit AthletesVsEpilepsy.com for more information and opportunities to get involved.