Since the 1990’s, more than a dozen new drugs, devices, and dietary therapies have become available to people living with epilepsy. Despite the benefits and reduced side effects these treatments have offered, the number of people living with epilepsy who cannot effectively control their seizures has remained at 30%, the same as it was more than two decades ago.
It is time to shake up the system with a new approach. Let’s change the system – together.
The Epilepsy Foundation Research Program supports the entire spectrum of discovery from idea to market and is focused solely on the needs of people with epilepsy. We help foster the development of the next generation of scientists and support research that leads to better treatments and care. We strive for excellence, innovation, and radical thinking to end epilepsy. Join our fight: www.epilepsy.com/research.
Athletes vs Epilepsy, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, is excited to announce our partnership with El Tour de Tucson! Arizona’s largest and longest running bicycling event, El Tour de Tucson is in its 36th year and hosts over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Athletes vs. Epilepsy in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona is excited to announce our partnership with 2018 El Tour de Tucson! Arizona’s largest and longest running bicycling event, El Tour is in its 36th year and hosts over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Choose Your Distance! The planned routes offer the beautiful vistas of Arizona, from mountain ranges with the backdrop of the majestic saguaro cactus, scenic Santa Cruz River routes or flat areas that are perfect for families. Cyclists can pedal the main event distances of 106, 75, 50, or 25 miles, choose the Fun Ride of 10 or 5 miles, .25 mile activity course, or the Indoor El Tour (Nov 11-17) stationary cycle ride (please see www.perimeterbicycling.com/indoor/ for rules).
Once you are finished with your event, celebrate with other cyclist, families, and friends at the El Tour Downtown Fiesta! Activities will include music, food, and cheering on other cyclists as they cross the finish line.
Join other Athletes vs Epilepsy participating in the El Tour de Tucson on November 17, 2018. Register today as space is limited! Your efforts to raise funds and awareness will help the Epilepsy Foundation continue to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
Each Athlete vs Epilepsy El Tour de Tucson cyclist will receive:
Your entry paid for by the Epilepsy Foundation’s Athletes vs Epilepsy**
Personalized Athletes vs Epilepsy online Fundraising Page to tell the story of why you are participating.
An Athletes vs Epilepsy Performance t-shirt – Indoor Cyclist; or Bike Jersey for Main Event and Fun Ride athletes*
Fundraising tips and resources
Invitation to the race weekend activities!
Register in August and you will be entered into the El Tour August Registration Drawing for these special prizes packages:
El Tour Cycling Kit (Jersey, shorts & socks) value $150.00
Framed 2018 El Tour Poster value $70.00
Perimeter Membership value $35.00
Two night stay for two at Double Tree (Friday & Sat. of El Tour) value $218
First Watch Restaurants Brunch for Two
As a member of an Athletes vs Epilepsy 2018 El Tour De Tucson team, you are committing to fundraising the minimum requirement for the event that you register: $600 Main Event; $400 for the Fun Ride; or $200 for the Indoor Ride. You are responsible for any difference in funds not raised by December 17, 2018. EF will charge any outstanding balance on December 17, 2018.
Athletes vs. Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes of all ages and levels, coaches, volunteers and fans. The goal is to raise awareness, build participation, and help fund the Epilepsy Foundation’s mission to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy, and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The initiative helps to bring epilepsy awareness to all sports through participation by athletes of all ages and skill levels as well as their supportive friends, family, and fans.
The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that people with epilepsy can experience all that life has to offer. Athletes vs. Epilepsy affirms this positive message and embodies it through action and the belief that anyone, regardless of athletic talent, can help to fundraise and raise awareness.
YOU can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. Donate to the cause through our team fundraising page or join the Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative. Visit AthletesVsEpilepsy.com for more information and opportunities to get involved.
**$20 from every application fee (except for Indoor El Tour) will go to the Easter Seals Blake Foundation, the Primary Beneficiary for El Tour De Tucson.
*Athletes must reach their minimum fundraising requirement in order to receive an Athletes vs Epilepsy performance t-shirt or bike jersey.
Are you interested in participating as an Athlete vs Epilepsy? Check out the variety of Signature events we host, select an event in your area and register as a Choose Your Own participant, or create your own event using our DIY toolkit! Your efforts will help raise funds to help stop seizures, and find a cures,and raise awareness in support of the 3.4 million people in the United States who have epilepsy.
We offer a number of monthly epilepsy support & empowerment groups across the state, that provide individuals with epilepsy and their families, the opportunity to meet, share resources, speak with medical professionals and unite.