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UPS partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana to end epilepsy in nationwide walk


Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is partnering with UPS in the fight to end epilepsy through the nationwide Walk to END EPILEPSY initiative benefiting Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

“UPS strives to be a good corporate citizen and is honored to be a partner of the Walk to END EPILEPSY,” said Justin Heckel, UPS Public Affairs. “Among our 32,000 UPS employees in Kentucky, statistically speaking, 1,230 will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life – this is a daunting number.”

Also joining the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana in this fight are the nationwide sponsors — Greenwich Biosciences, Eisai, and Neurelis — along with other presenting sponsors Air Hydro Power and UK Healthcare Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.

“We are extremely grateful for each of our partnering sponsors, as their support is instrumental in our work to improve and save lives,” said Deb McGrath, Executive Director and co-founder of Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

The Foundation has been monitoring the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and has made the difficult decision to forego our in-person Walk to END EPILEPSY events. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of participants, volunteers and employees, the Foundation will instead host virtual walks. The virtual events will be held in Lexington, Louisville and Paducah.

“Even in times like this, seizures haven’t stopped…and neither has the fight to End Epilepsy,” said McGrath. “Which is why we’re hopeful that everyone who planned to attend our Walk in person will join us in full force for our virtual Walk to END EPILEPSY to benefit Kentucky and Southern Indiana and to continue to build awareness and take action together for our cause.”

The virtual walks will allow everyone to safely participate by strolling in their own neighborhood, treadmill, or wherever they choose, in support to raise funds for epilepsy research. Foundation staff will be on-site at each location from 10 a.m. until noon and invite virtual walkers who have pre-registered to drive-by and pick up their preordered Walk to END EPILEPSY t-shirt.

For those who wish to stay at home, the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana will broadcast on Facebook Live from 10-11 a.m. on each designated date to recognize and thank supporters participating in the virtual walks.

Virtual walk dates and drive by and t-shirt pickup locations:

June 13 – Lexington
King’s Church
302 Harvard Dr
Lexington, KY 40517

June 20 – Louisville
Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana
Kosair Charities Centre
982 Eastern Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40217

June 27 – Paducah
AAA Stow-A-Way Storage
925 Joe Clifton Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
Louisville, KY 40217

To register or for more information on this year’s Walk to END EPILEPSY benefiting Kentucky and Southern Indiana, visit www.efky.org/walk. Everyone who previously registered for the Walk is now a “Virtual Walker,” and will still have access to their fundraising resources.

From Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana


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