Walk to END EPILEPSY AL 2020 - Montgomery

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This year’s Walk to END EPILEPSY® – Montgomery is now a Virtual Walk on Tuesday, March 31 at 10a.m. CST due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As of Monday, March 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending no large gatherings of 10+ people take place for the next eight weeks.

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 Tuesday, March 31 at 10a.m. CST.

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 to those we serve.

While we are disappointed we won't be seeing you in person on Tuesday, March 31, 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! 
 
Join us via computer or mobile device for our Virtual Walk Celebration Ceremony, hosted Tuesday, March 31st at 10 a.m. CST via Zoom!
 
Zoom Celebration Ceremony Highlights:
• Chance to win door prizes for all attendees!
• Meet our Executive Director and learn about our initiatives and programs.
• Get an update on seizure safe school legislation that is being introduced.
• Hear from a Children’s of Alabama physician.
• Learn how to sign up for Epilepsy Foundation advocacy alerts.
• Be motivated by stories of hope from our epilepsy community.
• Learn about epilepsy and make a difference.
 
Zoom Conference Link and Call-In Details:

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 Tuesday March 31, 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 10:00 a.m. CST that morning before or after you complete your walk!
 
For those that couldn’t attend our statewide Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham last fall, now’s the time to join us virtually if you haven’t before!
 
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 head to our website, click “Register” 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 April 30, 2020, and the individual that fundraises the most from March 31, 2020 through April 30, 2020 at midnight will have a chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet!
 
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 handy How-To Guide
 
7. Can people still register?
YES! We encourage it and need their support! Simply head to our website, click “Register” 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 Tuesday, March 31st, 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 for our Celebration Ceremony via Zoom at 10:00 a.m.CST that morning before or after you complete your walk!
 
Zoom Celebration Ceremony Highlights:
• Chance to win door prizes for all attendees!
• Meet our Executive Director 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:

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 Alabama Department of Public 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?
Follow us on social media: 
• Facebook – Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama
• Instagram –  @epilepsyfdnal
• Twitter – @epilepsyfdnal
 
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! 
 
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 Alabama office at:
 
Epilepsy Foundation Alabama
3100 Lorna Road
Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35216
 
13. Will I receive my event participant t-shirt? 
Yes, participant t-shirts will be mailed to qualifying participants. Any individual with epilepsy or anyone that raised $50 or more will receive their official Walk t-shirt!
 
If additional arrangements are required, please reach out to Sara Franklin at (205) 453-8291 or [email protected]
 
14. What if I have other questions?
If additional arrangements are required, please reach out to Sara Franklin at (205) 453-8291 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 this, 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!