“Congratulations to our friend, Leigh Goldie, for a successful event to support Epilepsy awareness. She hosted a “Purple Day of Bowling”, bringing friends, families, and supporters together for a night of fun.
Over 2.2 million people living in the United States have Epilepsy, half of them are children. Epilepsy cannot be cured. At least 1 million people in the United States have uncontrolled Epilepsy. We still need more research, better treatments, and most important, we need a cure!
There are more than twice as many people with Epilepsy in the United States than the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined.
The message on the cups that were distributed, EMPOWERING EPILEPSY – CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, says it all. We need to change the stigma of those who live with Epilepsy, end the suffering, and empower those individuals to get the help that they need.
Leigh, thank you again for all that you are doing.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you. I admire your passion and truly appreciate the time and effort you put into reaching out to others, sharing information, and making a difference. My daughter and I walked out of your meeting with new information, perspective, and validation. Thank you!!”
“Hello I’m currently a patient at the Akron General Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Monitoring Unit they have now. Today I had my ictal spec completed. Dr. Najm is my specialist. I wanted to extend my thanks for the gift bag your organization provided. The neck pillow, stress ball, the eeg remover oil. Everything helped my stay ! I hope to be seizure free. 34 years ago when I was 8 it all started. Again thank you very much! God bless!
“Great talking to you–can’t begin to tell you just how cathartic it is to talk to someone who understands our struggle.”
“My mom had a great time at the meeting last night and is very much looking forward to the next one! You’ve all quickly become like a second family to me.”
“I am so grateful and appreciative of Leigh’s relentless efforts in her Empowering Epilepsy mission. Leigh has made an impact in educating & making the world a better place for so many. She has accomplished this by adding a much needed additional resource and outlet for a most misunderstood chronic disorder. Leigh has a big vision for empowering men, women, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, cousins, scholars, leaders, athletes, veterans, etc., and providing a much needed additional resource and outlet for people. We are blessed to have The Epilepsy Association in Cleveland, which does an amazing job, but how can they provide over 65,000 local individuals with adequate support, let alone all the people who surround them that are affected? Empowering Epilepsy will add to the pool of resources that these two organizations can together increase the reach. I applaud her sacrifices as she has taken all the steps she can to leave this world better than the one she entered. Leigh took her passion and vision to make this laudable goal a reality. I am thankful to Leigh for allowing me, as well as my family and friends, to benefit from her tireless and ongoing efforts.”
“Thank you for including him in the Empowering Through the Arts Art Therapy Program. He had a great time. He loves his art and was so proud that he tried something new.”
“I find the meetings so helpful!”
“I have to commend you on your website!! WOW!! What great information you have provided. I really wish we would have had access to it when our daughter was first diagnosed, however, I am glad we can utilize it going forward. I know you are on your way to helping many individuals!!”
“I am still on a “high” from talking to you yesterday. It is always “added strength” to speak with someone with so much in common with you. It’s so good to realize that you’re not fighting this battle of wrong thoughts in society alone. My anxiety is continually making me so exited to meet other people that will finally know what I’m talking about and perhaps can benefit from the many downfalls I’ve suffered through small minded people full of misinformation. Just having an inkling that perhaps my experiences might be able to help others is extremely gratuitous.”
“It’s a great experience to talk to you and know that you understand some of the things that my family and I are going through. I look forward to hearing more from you about Empowering Epilepsy and what you hope to accomplish. I am very interested and connected to the concept of informing/educating/collaborating for the purpose of empowering people affected by epilepsy.”
“The art therapy opportunity sponsored by Empowering Epilepsy provided a chance for me and my son to get out together for an adventure we may never have had. Even better news is that during these six classes he discovered that he enjoyed the projects planned by the art therapist. I am hoping this enjoyment (so rare in his life) will blossom into a long-term interest. Thanks to Leigh Goldie for her efforts to bring stimulating and beneficial opportunities to individuals with epilepsy.”
“This organization is outstanding! It continues to exceed my expectations in so many ways, as it reaches new heights on a yearly basis. Empowering Epilepsy offers compassionate support for epilepsy patients and their families, as well as community education. Leigh is a tireless advocate who continually strives to steer the organization toward bigger goals, all of which are centered on improving the lives of those who are touched by epilepsy. Northeast Ohio is blessed to have this organization!”
“Thanks for a great event this morning!!! The Advocacy Training was fantastic – educational, informative, and full of useful tips! Thanks to both you and Tammie!!!!” – After attending the Empowering Epilepsy Reducing Barriers Through Advocacy Training and IEP Advocacy Clinic