1:26- The odds that someone will develop epilepsy in their lifetime

1 Marathon = 26.2188 Miles

For those of you who don't know, a little more than 20 years ago, I suffered through three seizures within a month's span. While I don't remember anything from the episodes themselves, I'll still never forget the moments right before (aura) and after the first one, waking up in the HS nurse's office with EMTs all around me, right before they took me to the hospital for tests. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. After the third seizure and additional tests, they still could not determine the cause of my seizures.

While I have been on medication ever since then, I have been fortunate enough to not have any relapses, but I do worry every time a flashing siren goes by that I could have another seizure. The Epilepsy Foundation is near and dear to me for this very reason. Over the last six years, I have fundraised previously with Athletes vs. Epilepsy for my first marathon in 2014 (Marine Corps Marathon), the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA for a fun run in Pittsburgh in 2015, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago for the Chicago Marathon in 2016, and numerous times for the Walk to End Epilepsy in my own backyard in DC. 

The 50th New York City Marathon is also very special to me, growing up in upstate NY but also with many family ties formerly and currently residing in NYC. This will be my 10th overall marathon (1st NYC marathon), but I will have the honor of pacing my best friend for his first marathon, which will make the race extra special for both of us. This is why I want to run once again for Athletes vs. Epilepsy but this time in my bucketlist marathon, the largest marathon in the world, and what better time than the 50th anniversary.

I am raising funds to make a difference in the lives of people living with 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 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures. No amount is too big or too small, every dollar counts.

As always, thank you in advance for your help and support. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more information, or if you have a story of your own I'd love to hear it.

Joel Wakesberg