Walk to END EPILEPSY IA 2020 - West Des Moines

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Thank you for joining us for the first-ever Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY® – West Des Moines!

Our Virtual Walk was a tremendous success thanks to our participants, volunteers, staff and partners, as well as the greater epilepsy community! We enjoyed seeing you decked out in purple, sharing more information about the life-saving programs and services that we offer, hearing stories of hope from our epilepsy warriors, and celebrating our top fundraisers, all in the name of supporting our epilepsy community! 


1. Can I continue to fundraise?
Yes - the event website will remain open until May 25, 2020, and the individual that fundraises the most from April 25 through May 25 at midnight will win an Amazon Fire Tablet! Keep an eye out for our weekly fundraising challenges leading up to May 25 -  you’ll have the opportunity to show your support, while earning fabulous prizes while doing so!

The funds you’ve raised will be used toward achieving the mission of the Epilepsy Foundation, including epilepsy care, support, and research. On behalf of our epilepsy community, please know how much we appreciate your support!

2. How can I fundraise virtually?

3. Where is my Participant Center?
Your Participant Center is an online portal for your Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY fundraising efforts. In your Participant Center, you’ll find tools to set up a fundraising web page, send fundraising emails, and check your fundraising progress. Here's a How-To Guide for how to navigate your Participant Center.

4. How can I access my Participant Center?
You can access your Participant Center by clicking "Log In" in the top right hand corner of the event website. After logging in, you'll see more options on the top navigation bar to view Your Page (where you can share "why you walk" and direct people to donate to your efforts), Dashboard (to manage your fundraising efforts, start a Facebook Fundraiser, view Fundraising Tools and more!), Donations (see who has donated to your efforts so far!), Messages (send emails to your contact lists and your team), and Resources. This is your hub for your fundraising efforts - whether a Team Captain, Team Member, Individual Walker or Virtual Walker!

5. How do I fundraise on Facebook?
The Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY’s website now allows participants registered for a Walk event to log in to their Participant Center and click ‘Create a Facebook Fundraiser’ so that all donations received through Facebook will credit their fundraising page, and will be deposited directly to the Epilepsy Foundation and their local Virtual Walk campaign. Log into your Participant Center on the event website and click "Create a Facebook Fundraiser" to get started.

6. I created a fundraiser on Facebook. Can I connect it to my Walk fundraising page retroactively?
No. Participants must create the Facebook Fundraiser from their participant center from the beginning. We cannot tie an existing Facebook Fundraiser to a registration post-event. If you have already created a Fundraiser and selected the Epilepsy Foundation as the beneficiary, donations will be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation as general donations. To begin receiving credit for new donations, please close your existing fundraiser, visit your participant center, and set up a new fundraiser.

7. Leading up to and on/after Virtual Walk Day, when and where can I turn donations in? 
Donations can be mailed to our Epilepsy Foundation office at:

Epilepsy Foundation Iowa
c/o Walk to END EPILEPSY West Des Moines
1111 9th Street, Suite 370
Des Moines, IA 50314 

Epilepsy Foundation Tax ID # 52-0856660

8. How can I get my company to match my gift?
Many employers offer programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees. These "matching gifts" are an opportunity to double or possibly triple your donation to Walk to END EPILEPSY and increase funding for the care, support and research efforts of the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you are not sure if you qualify for a matching gift, please reach out to your HR department or leadership team to gather more information. 

9. Where can I access more information about Fundraising?
Visit the Fundraising Toolkit page on the event website, here.

10. Will I receive my event participant t-shirt? Or, my living with epilepsy t-shirt?
Yes, participant t-shirts will be mailed to qualifying participants. Any individual that raised $50 or more will receive their official Walk t-shirt! Registered individuals with epilepsy will also receive their living with epilepsy t-shirt via mail, regardless of their fundraising.

T-Shirts will be mailed out after the Walk, once it is safe for our staff to mail them out to you. We appreciate your understanding in advance. Please contact us directly if additional arrangements are required: Roxanne Cogil at 515-238-7660 or [email protected]

11. How can I let others know I’m participating?
Follow us on social media:

• Facebook – Epilepsy Foundation Iowa
• Instagram –  @EpilepsyIowa
• Twitter – @EpilepsyIowa

Be sure to download and fill out the I Walk For Sign, and add our Facebook Frame to your Facebook profile by following the steps below!

12. What if I have other questions?
We are here to help!  Please contact Roxanne Cogil at 515-238-7660 or [email protected]

More updates will be shared here and our Facebook page - check back often!

More updates on the Epilepsy Foundation's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak can be found here.

Even in times like these, seizures haven't stopped...and neither has the fight to END EPILEPSY. We truly thank you for your continued support of the Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY now more than ever!