Mumbai Marathon has always been considered as a good platform to spread awareness about different disease and Epilepsy is one of them. On 15th January, 116 epilepsy patients along with their 116 care takers will participate in the dream run category for the cause of epilepsy.
“Epilepsy is a chronic non-communicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages. Approximately 11.2 million people suffer from epilepsy in India. Our theme of this year is “Myths of epilepsy is like black money – get it out of your mind, with this we will run to spread awareness,” said Dr Nirmal Surya, founder chairmen and the trustee of Epilepsy Foundation.
Vedant Pawar, an 11 year old resident of Lower Parel will be participating in Mumbai Marathon.
“Vedant used to get seizures when he was four-years-old. We started his treatment and within a period of six months with the help of proper medication he stared feeling better. Today, after six years he is as active and healthy as other normal children of his age,” said Mahesh Pawar, Vedant’s father.
Speaking about the misconception people have about epilepsy. Pawar says that due to lack of knowledge people consider epilepsy as a spell or a black magic and end up with wrong treatment like using onion or sniffing a shoe which ruins the life of the patient. Pawar urges people to go for medical treatment giving the example of his own son.
“Epilepsy is treatable. Epilepsy patients can lead a normal life. Many people in our society continue to suffer because of misinformation about this disorder. It’s a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide and awareness about early diagnosis is important to reduce the misconceptions among people,” said Dr Surya
This is the sixth time that the Epilepsy Foundation is participating in Mumbai Marathon. Epilepsy Foundation India is a non-profitable charitable organization which works for the welfare of people suffering from epilepsy.