Here are examples of our Empowering Epilepsy programs, events and services to help empower the lives of people with epilepsy.
Purple Day® Party – Celebrated Annually on or around March 26
Purple Day® is an international Epilepsy Awareness Day started by a then 9 year old Cassidy Megan in Canada to spread epilepsy awareness. Purple Day® is now celebrated on all seven continents. We initiated our annual Purple Day® celebration with a Purple Day® Party at Freeway Lanes of Solon where we host an average of 100 people annually who enjoy dinner, bowling and the chance to meet others who support epilepsy awareness. In 2017, we expanded the party to AMF Riviera Lanes in Akron.
With only a $15 per person cost for this event, this is a “fun”raiser for Empowering Epilepsy. We provide this event at reduced costs, and even provide scholarships for anyone that qualifies, to allow everyone to participate. It’s a great way to allow people with epilepsy and their families to create positive, lasting memories.
Many of our guests also volunteered to help organize our Empowering Epilepsy Gift Bags for people who will be staying in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) of Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. These gift bags help patients in the epilepsy monitoring unit better pass the time as they are required to remain in their hospital bed with electrodes glued to their heads monitoring their brain and seizure activity. These gift bags include Art Therapy Coloring Books, a cervical neck pillow, a stress ball, and many other Empowering Epilepsy goodies.
Save the dates for our next Purple Day Parties on Thursday, March 22 at Freeway Lanes of Solon, or Sunday, March 25 at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn.
Art Therapy Program
Thanks to a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and collaboration between Empowering Epilepsy, Art Therapy Studio, The Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute, and The Music Settlement, we provide our Inaugural Empowering Through the Arts Art Therapy Program.
Empowering Through the Arts Art Therapy Program allows people who understand epilepsy to illustrate their artistic flair and discover what they can do while living with epilepsy.
Art therapy is engaging in the creation of art, facilitated by a registered art therapist to help with physical and emotional healing and expression. It allows inner feelings to take a visual form, and can help with pain management, anxiety and self-esteem.
Our next Empowering Through the Arts Program will take place from Thursday, October 5 – Thursday, November 9 at the Solon Center for the Arts. The cost is $50 per person for 6 1.5 hour sessions. Scholarships are available.
Contact Leigh Goldie at Leigh@empoweringepilepsy.org or 440-248-6158 for more information.
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Empowering Epilepsy is a Gold Charity Partner of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! Every year we need 40 runners or walkers, 20 volunteers and are required to raise funds to support Empowering Epilepsy’s Programs and Services.
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon takes place in downtown Cleveland with the 5K and 8K on Saturday beginning at Public Square, and the 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon on Sunday beginning in Downtown Cleveland.
We hope you can join our 2018 Empowering Epilepsy Team at the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and Health and Fitness Expo May 18 – 20.
Thanks to all of our runners, walkers, fundraisers, donors and volunteers!
Empowering Epilepsy Golf Outing
Our Empowering Epilepsy Golf Outing is one of our annual fundraisers. The money raised goes to support our ongoing programs and services – including other events you will find on this page. Our first location was Barrington Golf Club. In 2017 we are moving the event to Grantwood Golf Course. We hope you can join or support this event to help empower the lives of people with epilepsy on August 10, 2017 at Grantwood Golf Course!
Philanthropia is a fundraiser for small non profits put on by Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. We enjoyed lunch, Leon Bibb as the MC and The Singing Angels. But, most of all, we enjoyed bringing together people who understand epilepsy in a variety of ways. We also use Philanthropia to say a huge “Thank you!” to our volunteers! Thanks to everyone that came and everyone that has supported Empowering Epilepsy!