To be honest, I have no idea who Carol Welch is, but I think her quote represents well the spirit at last Sunday’s Strides for Epilepsy event. With over 2,000 people registered for the 5K run/walk, City Park in Denver buzzed with energy despite the almost constant downpour. People diagnosed with epilepsy and their friends, family, and health care providers came together to not only support the efforts of Epilepsy Foundation – Colorado, but to laugh together and feed the mind, body and soul through movement.
Outdoor Mindset is grateful for the opportunity (thank you, thank you Epilepsy Foundation-Colorado and Gail Pundsack) to outreach to folks at the event. After all – we believe in connecting people through a bond of shared diagnosis and outdoor adventure. Lucky for us, the cold, wet weather did not deter those supporting Epilepsy Foundation-Colorado.
We chatted with lots of people, made plenty of friends, gave away over 500 stickers and business cards, and cheered on our own Team OM (the brave Kellyn Glynn and Kyle Martin).
According to http://www.epilepsycolorado.org, epilepsy affects people of all ages and races, and represents one percent of the population in this state—over 43,000 people. Three million people in this country and 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. While epilepsy is not the only neurological diagnosis that Outdoor Mindset embraces, it certainly hits home with many of our friends and family members.
Our first debut to the public went well and we look forward to many more outreach and partnership opportunities. Please let us know on Facebook if you met us at the Strides for Epilepsy event. We want to hear from everyone as we build our online community and shape the programs of Outdoor Mindset. Summer will officially begin soon and we hope to see you out on the trails, on the water or wherever adventure may take you. Keep on movin’ and may the outdoors be your medicine!