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Thank you to Central Florida Women’s League!

Thank you to Central Florida Women’s League!

We are so happy to share this news with you! A the recent Central Florida Women’s League Charitable Granting Luncheon your Epilepsy Association of Central Florida was one of five organizations out of 40 applicants reviewed to be awarded a grant by this wonderful organization. $15,000 was awarded to help us with MRI’s for our clients and to purchase bicycle helmets for children in need to help prevent head injury, the leading known cause of epilepsy. Other recipients were A Gift For Teaching, One Heart for Women and Children, and the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. We are honored to be in this group and been recognized by the Central Florida Women’s League!. Please thank these wonderful women and join them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CFWL.org/ And their homepage:...

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Thank You to Cite Partners for Generous Donation

Thank You to Cite Partners for Generous Donation

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida would like to extend a gracious THANK YOU to Cite Partners for a generous donation that was received today, January 6, 2017. Cite Partners is an Orlando-based commercial real estate services firm, offering brokerage, management, consulting and representation. Cite Partners believes in giving back to the community and they donate a percentage of revenue every year to a local charity in need.  Additionally, they are involved with several organizations that make a huge difference in our community. We are very thankful that Cite Partners chose the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida as the recipient of their generous donation program this year!  Below are a few photos taken this morning at the check presentation ceremony. If you would like to send a thank you to them, you may contact them at...

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2016 CFL Epilepsy Walk Pictures!

2016 CFL Epilepsy Walk Pictures!

Thank you everyone that came out this morning for the 2016 Orlando Epilepsy Walk to help us raise over $30,000! We appreciate each and everyone of you. We had a great time, hope you did as well....

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Thank you Freedom Athletics!

Thank you Freedom Athletics!

Freedom Athletics Raises Awareness and Money for Epilepsy! The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida wants to thank Freedom Athletics and their young athletes for supporting us and raising awareness for Epilepsy! Freedom Athletics’ owner, Mrs. Nancy McDowell is friends with a former client of the Epilepsy Association that has epilepsy, and also one of the athletes, 7 year old Holly Hunter also deals with epilepsy. 3 of Freedom Athletics’ cheerleaders wanted to make a difference in the lives of persons with epilepsy, so they visited elderly patients in a residential facility to offer “Beauty Treatments” and raised awareness of epilepsy and $100 for the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. Their wish is to see a cure for epilepsy! Featured in pics: Alanna McDowell, 10 (Center in pictures, tallest), Holly Hunter, 7 (Middle),  Sierra Manning, 11, and on the  right is Jordan Harris, 11, Jackie Heyliger, our Brevard County office and case manager is also featured in one of the images accepting the donation check from the girls. Photos courtesy of Hanna Norris, age 9....

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BLOG: More than a Fundraiser, Walk and Run for Epilepsy (prevention)!!!

BLOG: More than a Fundraiser, Walk and Run for Epilepsy (prevention)!!!

  by @admin of EpilepsyU.com In 2013, we broke the story about how vigorous exercise can greatly reduce the risk for epilepsy. That week, similar stories covering this finding are plastering the front page of Google News for “Epilepsy”. It is a big deal. Results showed that men who had a high level of fitness were 80% less likely to develop epilepsy compared with men who had low fitness levels, and 35% less likely than those who had medium fitness levels. As a cyclist myself, it is awesome that the research used Cycling as the test, I even used a shot that I took of a pro mountain biker for the story’s cover photo. It makes me proud that cycling is so beneficial to the mind and body. The fitness-level assessments for this research were run on bicycles – “In the study, participants’ fitness levels were ranked on a scale of 1 to 9, based on how well they did on cycling tests. The men rode stationary bicycles with increasing resistance until they couldn’t cycle anymore. The men who had the lowest scores were still healthy enough to have been enlisted in the military, Ben-Menachem noted. Among men classified as having high fitness, about 2,380 out of about 500,000 developed epilepsy later (0.48 percent). Among men with medium fitness, about 4,000 out of 630,000, or 0.62 percent, developed epilepsy. The number of men with low fitness who developed epilepsy was 502 out of about 46,000 men, or 1.09 percent.” via Fox News – http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/06/exercise-may-ward-off-epilepsy/ The research was a long process, following 1.17 million swedish men born between 1950 and 1987 who had completed cardiovascular fitness tests when they enlisted for military service at the age of 18. The participants were followed for up to 40 years, during which 6,796 men were diagnosed with epilepsy. This research also spurs other questions, like, “Is a low fitness level actually a trigger for Epilepsy onset?” or “does having a low level of fitness actually warrant a medical inquiry to find undetected symptoms?” More research is clearly needed to answer those questions, but one thing is certain, having a medium to high level of fitness puts you in a group of people with a lower chance for developing epilepsy and also, of course, many other cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological degenerations, diseases and disorders. What is great about this research and findings is that it ties right into one...

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