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Gear Up for Epilepsy has set a huge goal for 2020 and we need your help to accomplish them!
Gear Up for Epilepsy was inspired by a young cyclist, Charlie, who dreamed of riding with his father, Clif 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.
In 2017, Charlie’s parents, Clif and Arleen and numerous members of their family and community departed on a 2-month, 3,712 mile cross-country bicycle trek in honor of their son, to raise funds and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation and its SUDEP Institute.
Every year, 3,000 people in the United States die from SUDEP.
This year, Clif is planning to ride over 4,100 miles traveling the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail between Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia in honor of their son. *Clif and his family are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 affecting us all and determining how it will impact their ride. They remain hopeful.
Use your own bike, borrow a friend’s bike, use a stationary bike or create a virtual ride.
Join Athletes vs Epilepsy Gear Up for Epilepsy (GUFE) to help raise much needed funds and awareness for the Epilepsy Foundation and 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 (SUDEP).
Raise $150 or more by June 30, 2020 and your name will be entered in to a random drawing on July 1, 2020 for a Gear Up for Epilepsy Cycling jersey (sizes are limited to S, M, L & XL) and an Athletes vs Epilepsy water bottle. One entry only per registered fundraising participant for Gear Up for Epilepsy.
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.
Do you want a chance to be featured on our Epilepsy Foundation Instagram page. Use #AthletesVsEpilepsy and tag @epilepsyfdn and increase your odds of being Gear Up Famous!