Epilepsy, also called a seizure disorder, is a neurological disorder of the brain diagnosed when a person has two or more unprovoked seizures. Did you know that 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy? Also, more than 60,000 people in our community and 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) envisions a world where people with seizures realize their full potential. The Foundation’s services, resources, and events cover MN and Eastern ND and help educate, connect and empower people with epilepsy. Some of these include a 24/7 helpline for personalized attention, a website with hundreds of resources for better understanding epilepsy, an annual walk and year-round events to connect people living with seizures, and a FREE seizure first aid training for workplaces, schools, and more.
This month our customers have the opportunity to make a difference in the Minneapolis community as well as online while shopping for high-end women's clothing through OPC. A portion of our proceeds will go to EFMN in honor of Team Rise Above Epilepsy.
What is Team Rise Above Epilepsy? Well, on September 10, 2017, a man named Gab will compete in The “Tor des Géants” - the first non-stop race of its kind to cover an entire region, running along spectacular paths at the foot of the highest peaks in the Alps. He’ll run through the Gran Paradiso Natural Park, the Mont Avic Regional Park and through the Aosta Valley with 700 other competitors, aiming to complete the 205 miles in one go. This will all be done on mountain trails with 80,000+ feet of elevation gain and within 150 hours. For those keeping score – that’s the equivalent to climbing Mt Everest almost three times!
Why would he do that? To support his wife, Dr. Julia Valente, and to raise funds and awareness for epilepsy.
“The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is deeply honored to partner with One Posh Closet, where sports, fashion, and philanthropy meet. For 60 years, we’ve been helping people rise above seizures and One Posh Closets ‘fashion for a cause’ proceeds will help educate, connect and empower the 60,000 people in our community with epilepsy.” said EFMN Executive Director Vicki Kopplin.