Dear Family and Friends,
November 11, 2016 is a day we will never forget, this was the day that Madeline had her first seizure. At that time we had no idea what we were faced with. We didn’t know if it was just a one time thing or was this to become Madeline’s new way of life. Unfortunately, it became her new way of life. Since then, She has endured quite a few seizures along with many doctor visits, EEG’s, meds, trying to get the kids at school to accept her Epilepsy and of course the frustration of these kids not understanding she has Epilepsy and the taunting and misunderstanding that goes with it. Through it all Madeline has shown more strength and perseverance than anyone we know. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she has become an advocate in raising awareness and education about Epilepsy and it’s importantly, herself. She doesn’t let her Epilepsy hold her back, instead it makes her stronger and fight harder. Like Jim always says, she’s 10 feet tall and bullet proof.
The Magnolia Run will be held on November 7th this year and November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. Did you know that Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease in the nation?In fact, 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Yet epilepsy remains misunderstood by the general public, discriminated against, and underfunded in research initiatives. Anyone can have Epilepsy, it doesn’t discriminate.
Now in its 37th’s year, the annual Run directs all proceeds to helping prevent, control and cure epilepsy through education, advocacy, services, camp scholarships and medication assistance as well as ensuring that all Georgians with seizure disorders are able to participate in all life experiences.
So, as we may look at that day as the day that forever changed us, it is also the day that our girl showed us what a tough girl she is and that she can get through anything that life throws at her! #endepilepsy, #epilepsyawareness, #nomoreseizures,#epilepsywarrior
Madeline, Jim, Stephanie & Michael
2020 Magnolia Run and Walk for Epilepsy
2020 Virtual Magnolia Run & Walk for Epilepsy
For the safety of our dedicated participants, vendors, and volunteers the 2020 Magnolia Run & Walk for Epilepsy has gone VIRTUAL. In order to help EFGA provide vital services and programs for the 110,000 Georgians living with seizure disorders and epilepsy, please consider fundraising for this important cause. We encourage ALL participants and teams to help raise the thermometer and EFGA wants to motivate you with weekly social media contests and individual and team incentive prizes!
Check out our awesome 2020 prizes:
$25 Donation – 1 Magnolia Run T- Shirt
$50 Donation – 1 Magnolia Run T- Shirt and Branded EFGA Mask
$100 Donation – 1 Magnolia Run Long Sleeve T- Shirt
Corporate Match Challenge – For everyone who submits a corporate match form you get a team incentive bundle for the matching gift amount (see below)
$100 Level - EFGA Cinch Sack (10)
$250 Level - EFGA Cinch Sack + Water Bottle (10)
$500 Level - EFGA Cinch Sack +Water Bottle + Beach Ball (10)
$1000 Level - EFGA Cinch Sack +Water Bottle + Beach Ball (20)
$2500 Level - EFGA Cinch Sack +Water Bottle + Beach Ball (25) + EFGA Blanket for Team Captains
$5000 Level – All of the Above + Team Sign and Social Media Featured Story
- All of the Above
- Virtual Breakfast – $5 Chick Filet Gift Cards for up t0 40 team members
*Please note most prizes will be based on numbers taken on 10/19 for production time and delivery
About the Magnolia Run
Magnolia Run and Walk has been rescheduled, as a virtual event, to Saturday, November 7th. Help EFGA kick off Epilepsy Awareness Month by running/walking with friends and family in your community, while maintaining a safe social distance! More details and updates to come!
The Magnolia Run is EFGA's longest running fundraiser, supporting those living with epilepsy in the state of Georgia for 37 years! We cannot express our gratitude enough to the entire epilepsy community! Thank you for the friends and family of loved ones living with epilepsy who continuously support this event! The 2019 Magnolia Run was another HUGE SUCCESS thanks to your support! We were able to raise well over $180,000, had an amazing 82 teams, and over 1300 participants!
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA) is the only health agency in the state dedicated to serving more than 150,000 Georgians in the state who have epilepsy and seizure disorders. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families through community education activities for all age levels and a comprehensive set of client services programs. The foundation also reaches out to the community at large to reduce the stigma that is often attached to epilepsy and educate the public on seizure recognition and first aid.
Through events like the Magnolia Run & Walk, EFGA is able to raise both funds and awareness to assist those living with epilepsy throughout the entire state. The foundation is reliant on the support of the communit and strives to reach all Georgians living with disorder and their families. Learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.
• Educational Programs
EFGA provides free educational in-services on seizure recognition/first aid at schools, daycare centers, developmental disability facilities, senior centers and in the workplace.
• Support Groups
Living with a chronic condition is easier when you can share with others who are in a similar situation. The EFGA has 6 support groups meeting on a monthly basis throughout the state. We also offer online e-communities for those with transportation issues.
• StudioE: Art Therapy Program
StudioE offers group art therapy sessions for adults (18+) with epilepsy, allowing them to explore their creativity, meet others with epilepsy and express themselves in an open, accepting and safe group setting. Art is a natural way to communicate, relieve tension and express emotions.
• Information and Referrals
Understanding epilepsy can help to reduce fear and anxiety. We have a wide variety of materials on topics concerning epilepsy including types of epilepsy, treatment options, educational/legal rights and information for caregivers. We can also provide referrals to epilepsy specialists or other agencies that might provide a service not covered by EFGA.
• Emergency Medication Fund
Often people with epilepsy have no insurance coverage and limited financial resources. The EFGA has an emergency medication fund which will provide a one month supply of the seizure control medications per patient per calendar year. Patients are then provided with assistance in enrolling in one of the drug company sponsored medication assistance programs.
All children should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of summer camp. EFGA offers camps which are staffed with counselors trained in seizure recognition/first aid, and also a full-time medical staff. We also provide camp scholarships for children whose families have limited financial resources.
Often times people with epilepsy face barriers in the workplace, in educational institutions and in the legal arena. EFGA works to advise its clients of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. We also advocate for increased funding of epilepsy research through the National Institutes of Health.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, with sponsorship from UCB, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Smyrna, Georgia, has recently launched the EFWorks program in Georgia. EFWorks is a specialized vocational rehabilitation program specifically targeted to Georgians living with epilepsy who are seeking employment.