Walk to END EPILEPSY SD 2020 - Sioux Falls
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This year’s Walk to END EPILEPSY® – Sioux Falls is now a Virtual Walk on Saturday, June 20 at 9a.m. CST due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to forego an in-person Walk to END EPILEPSY and instead we are hosting a Virtual Walk on Saturday, June 20.
As always, the health and well-being of Epilepsy Foundation event participants, volunteers, staff and partners, as well as the greater epilepsy community, remains our top priority. We are committed to the overall wellness and safety of those we serve.
While we are disappointed we won't be seeing you in person on Saturday, June 20, we are so excited to host a Virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY – and we hope you are, too! We know you have some questions about this Virtual Walk, and what this means in regards to your participation and fundraising. Please find more details about our Virtual Walk below!
1. Will this event be rescheduled?
Unfortunately, given the size and scope of the event, we are unable to reschedule the in-person 2020 event. That being said, we are still hosting this event as a Virtual Walk, and we hope you’ll join us!
2. What is a Virtual Walk?
A virtual walk is a set date and time where we all will pledge to walk in support of the Epilepsy Foundation. Instead of walking with us in person, you’ll be walking with us in your neighborhood, on your treadmill, or wherever you choose on Saturday, June 20, 2020. You have the freedom and choice to join us in whatever capacity you are able! Just be sure to join us for our Celebration Ceremony at 9 a.m. CST that morning before or after you complete your walk! For those that couldn’t attend our Walk to END EPILEPSY – Sioux Falls before, now’s the time to join us virtually if you haven’t already!
3. How do I sign up to participate in a Virtual Walk?
This is easy – if you're already registered, you don’t have to do any extra work! All participants are already “Virtual Walkers”, so you can use your existing login, Participant Center, and event page to access your fundraising resources and get updates on the event!
If you are not registered - Simply click “Register Now!” on our website and select “Virtual Walker” to register. It’s still free to register – but individuals who fundraise $50 or more will receive the Event T-Shirt (see question #13 for more information on how to collect T-Shirts).
4. What will happen to the funds I’ve already raised?
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!
5. Can I still fundraise leading up to and beyond Virtual Walk day?
Yes - the event website will remain open until July 20, 2020. The top individuals and the top teams that fundraise the most will receive amazing prizes - tune into our Celebration Ceremony on Saturday, June 20 at 9a.m. CST to see if you've won!
6. How can I fundraise virtually?
Fundraising is still easy, and FUN! You are still able to take advantage of your Participant Center by logging in, sending emails, creating a Facebook Fundraiser (if you haven’t already!), and spreading the word to ask for your friends, family and co-workers’ support of the epilepsy community. Phone calls, emails and text messages also go a long way to ask your peers for support. You can learn the easy steps to navigating your participant center by reviewing our Fundraising Toolkit and the handy How-To Guide.
7. Can people still register?
YES! We encourage it and need their support! Simply click “Register Now!” and select “Virtual Walker” to register. It’s still free to register – but individuals who fundraise $50 or more will receive the Event T-Shirt (see question #13 for more information on how to collect T-Shirts). Your friends/family/co-workers can also register directly on your team, or you can create a team – email us at [email protected] and we can assist you in order to create your team?
8. What does event day look like?
Great question! Since we are now walking virtually, things will be a bit different, but we still have some exciting activities planned!
On Saturday, June 20, instead of walking with us in person, you’ll be walking with us in your own neighborhood, on your treadmill, or wherever you choose - you have the freedom and choice to join us in whatever capacity you are able! Just be sure to join us for our Celebration Ceremony via Zoom at 9a.m. CST that morning before or after you complete your walk!
Zoom Celebration Ceremony Highlights:
• Meet our Regional Director, the new South Dakota Executive Director, and our Board Chair and learn about our initiatives and programs.
• Be motivated by stories of hope from our epilepsy community.
• Find out about our awesome prizes and how you can win.
• Learn about epilepsy and make a difference.
Zoom Conference Link and Call-In Details will be sent out via email and via calendar invitation!
9. Where can I walk?
Anywhere! Trails, treadmills, or wherever you can safely. Get out and get active in your local community. Encourage your family, friends, and fellow epilepsy warriors to do the same. Just be sure to stay safe and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Dakota Department of Health. Make it fun and get all purpled out so people will ask you why you are wearing purple! Use this time to share your story and raise awareness!
10. Do you need proof that I actually finished my walk?
No, and there is no need to report any results. We do encourage you, however, to share your experience online by posting photos and videos on our Facebook page, or anywhere on social media using #ENDEPILEPSY, #VIRTUALWalkToENDEPILEPSY and #WalktoENDEPILEPSY! Or email your pictures to us at [email protected].
11. How can I let others know I’m participating?
We want to see you in our virtual epilepsy community, walking with us to END EPILEPSY! 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!
• Head to your Facebook profile and select “Update Profile Picture” (look for the camera icon next to your profile)
• Click on “Add Frame”
• Search “walk to end epilepsy”
• Select the frame
• Adjust the frame size and drag to reposition to your liking
• Select how long you want the frame to appear on your page
• Click “Use as Profile Picture”
• All set!
Follow us on social media:
• Facebook – @EpilepsyFoundationofSouthDakota
12. 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:
c/o Walk to END Epilepsy - Sioux Falls
108 N. 49th St. Suite 210
Omaha, NE 68132
13. 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 Kristi Berst directly if additional arrangements are required: 402-715-9421 or [email protected].
14. What if I have other questions?
We are here to help! Please contact Kristi Berst at 402-715-9421 or [email protected].
More updates will be shared here on our website 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!