My name is Kari and I am thrilled to be running the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon for the Epilepsy Foundation.

In July of 2012, my sister Kasey experienced her first known seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with epilepsy. After her most recent seizure in March of 2019, our family decided to do a walk for epilepsy in Boston. I was instantly inspired to want to do more, and began researching races that partner with the Epilepsy Foundation. After learning of the Athletes vs. Epilepsy partnership with the New York City Marathon, I set my sights on being a part of this team in 2020. 

To date I have completed 1 marathon and 10 half marathons, but I have never done a race of this magnitude. Kasey’s diagnosis was the catalyst for the unbreakable bond the two of us now share. She is my best friend and the most incredible person I know. She has always supported my running, and I am so excited to have this opportunity to support her while also doing something I love. Knowing I am running for a cause far greater than myself, is more than enough motivation to complete the 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of New York City.

There is a significant amount of fear and anxiety involved with this condition, and there is no way of predicting when the next seizure will be. The cause of her seizures is not known, and there is currently no cure. This is why supporting the Epilepsy Foundation is so important. This foundation supports new research and therapies, while also being a critical resource for individuals and families who are affected by epilepsy.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. 

Please support this cause by making a safe and secure donation to my fundraising webpage. Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for the 3.4 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures. 

Thank you for your help and support