Team Odeya Strong was established in 2016 after our daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She was only 15 months old and we were terrified. We knew at that moment our lives would forever be changed.
It has been a long road and as of this year, we have been told our daughter has drug-resistant Epilepsy. It was very hard to hear this as hope for her future being seizure-free seems to be getting smaller and smaller. We see firsthand every day how this disorder affects her daily life. We have been told that our daughter's cognitive ability is below average. She is in speech, occupational, and eye therapy weekly ( and this has been since she was 2). At 6 years old she has a tutor for Kindergarten just so we can try to get her caught up as much as possible for her second year of Kindergarten. She has a hard time with balance and coordination. She is not even able to ride a bike with training wheels because she just does not have the strength to push the pedals and having to use both sides of her body at the side time is really hard for her.
Really, the list of things our daughter has to overcome daily can go on and on....
But every day she gets up with the biggest smile on her face and excited for whatever the day brings. She loves school and loves to dance. She is the most joyful little girl and makes friends everywhere she goes. Our daughter is HAPPY and at the end of the day that is all that we care about as her parents.
We do the Magnolia Run/Walk for Epilepsy every year to help raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. We do this walk to support all the other families that are living with Epilepsy so that they know they are not alone. We do this walk in hope that one day a cure will be found and that living with Epilepsy will no longer be and that anyone that suffers from it will be free.
Please Help us to Shine a Light on Epilepsy by joining Team Odeya Strong in the fight to find a cure!
2021 Magnolia Run and Walk for Epilepsy
2021 Magnolia Run & Walk for Epilepsy
Join us Saturday, Augst 21st
Day of Registration begins @ 7am
5K & 1 Mile begin @ 8am
Location: 4 Concourse Pkwy (the green space under the King & Queen buildings)
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 individual and team incentive prizes!
Magnolia Run Fundraising Prizes
$100 – EFGA branded Pop Socket
$250 – EFGA branded Jumbo Flame Magnet + pop socket
$500 – EFGA branded Tumbler + flame magnet + pop socket
$1000 – Magnolia Run Drifit Shirt + tumbler + flame magnet + pop socket
$2500 – EFGA Branded Fleece Blanket + drifit shirt + tumbler + flame magnet + pop socket
$5000 – Team Sign + blanket + drifit shirt + tumbler + flame magnet + pop socket
$10,000 – Chick fila team breakfast Magnolia Run morning & designated team tent (breakfast for 50 people)
******please note, for production time of custom prizes we will take the donation amounts raised on Friday, August 14th
About the Magnolia Run
The Magnolia Run is EFGA's longest running fundraiser, supporting those living with epilepsy in the state of Georgia for 38 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 2020 Magnolia Run was another HUGE SUCCESS thanks to your support through our virtual event!
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.