Cumberland teen leads Sunday's Walk for Epilepsy at Slater Park

Cumberland teen leads Sunday's Walk for Epilepsy at Slater Park

PAWTUCKET - Supporting programs and services for people with epilepsy, the Walk for Epilepsy Rhode Island 2013 will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Slater Memorial Park on Newport Avenue.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the family-friendly 3-mile walk, for all ages and abilities, starts at 11 a.m. rain or shine.

The event kicks off Rhode Island's first official Epilepsy Awareness Month in November. Participants are invited to wear Halloween costumes or something purple to walk and enjoy lunch, music and entertainment.

Cumberland High School junior Robbie Thorp, who had his first seizure at age 10, is the co-chairman of the event and responsible for getting Gov. Lincoln Chafee to officially recognize Epilepsy Awareness Month in Rhode Island.

Walkers are asked to raise funds through pledges to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting epilepsy programs and services in communities, including local support services and educational programs, since 1983.

Registration costs $10 in advance, or $20 the day of the race. There is no cost for children ages 12 and under.

Teams of eight to 12 people can be organized, with a goal to each raise $200 through pledges.

Visit www.firstgiving.com/efmri/2013-rhode-island-walk-for-epilepsy to register online, or call 401-633-2687 to register by phone.