Epilepsy Stroll at Detroit Zoo Raises Funds, AwarenessPost a Comment
Andrew Quinn was surrounded by a sea of supporters donning orange T-shirts Saturday at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
More than 60 people hailing from throughout southeastern Michigan, including Royal Oak, Chesterfield and Macomb, were part of his team at the Epilepsy Foundation - Michigan's annual summer stroll at the zoo.
"It feels awesome," 22-year-old Quinn, of Madison Heights, said of the group of people whose T-shirts read "Andrew's Brain Matters."
Quinn - who had his first seizure when he was 18 - said Saturday he was "seizure free" after a second brain surgery in January. He now is anxiously awaiting whether doctors will clear him to drive a car.
His team was among 1,300 registered walkers who were greeted with music and other entertainment for children before the walk kicked off Saturday morning.
During the opening ceremony, the crowd was told about the disease, which consists of recurring and unprovoked seizures, and offered the following statistics:
1 in 100 people have epilepsy.
1 in 26 will get a diagnosis of epilepsy in their lifetime.
1 in 10 will have a seizure in their lifetime.
During the closing ceremony, the crowd was told they had helped raise $100,538 for the cause.
D'Ann Zona, of Utica, was there with her family to support "Miranda," the daughter of a co-worker, who has the disease.
"It's a fundraiser to raise money and to help look for a cure," she said of the reason she and her family was out for the fourth year in a row.
Britney Dukes of Shelby Township was there because her own daugher was diagnosed in January.
"By her having it, I wanted to come out and show my support," she said.
Her mother, Barbara Allen of Novi, and her daughter's specialist, Dr. Jules Constantinou, who works with pediatric epilepsy patients at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield and Detroit, were on hand for the event.
Beaumont Hospital also had a team walking at the zoo.
During and after the walk, participants got a chance to view the zoo animals, including its newest members, three little bears and the three new otter pups.