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Thank You to our 2019 Gear Up for Epilepsy Cyclists from Around the World!  

Together we exceeded our goals, raising nearly $22,000 and riding over $20,000 miles for the Epilepsy Foundation!

Gear Up for Epilepsy was inspired by a young cyclist, Charlie, who dreamed of riding with his father across the United States. Unfortunately, he would not be able to accomplish that dream as his ride was cut short by SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) in August of 2016.

Each year, about 1 in 1,000 adults and 1 in 4,500 children with epilepsy die from SUDEP. On June 18, 2017, Charlie’s parents, Clif and Arleen and numerous members of their family and community departed on a 2-month, 3,712 mile cross-country bicycle trek in honor of their son. They raised over $54,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation and the SUDEP Institute

If you have a bike, then you can ride!

Athletes vs Epilepsy Gear Up for Epilepsy (GUFE) provides the opportunity for cyclists of all ages and skill levels to make an impact in honor of those whom we have lost to SUDEP and in support of the individuals living with the challenges of epilepsy. Athletes created their your own cycling trek to help contribute to the miles ridden and funds raised for the Epilepsy Foundation.  

It’s simple! If you have a bicycle or stationary bike, you can raise funds, awareness, and miles to help lead the fight against epilepsy.


This year we had 20 Road Warriors, who led group rides in their own communities.  

By simply dedicating a few of group rides as Athletes vs Epilepsy Rides, they helped to increase awareness about epilepsy.  
Road Warriors designated a date for the Epilepsy Awareness rides; informed fellow riders and promoted the ride(s) with flyers and via social media. They asked fellow riders to support by wearing purple or purchasing a Gear Up for Epilepsy Jersey.  As a part of the ride, Road Warriors were able to give a brief overview about why they are supporting the Epilepsy Foundation through the Athletes vs Epilepsy program.  They could also pass out the brochures and seizure first aid cards. 


Stay tuned to participate in our next Gear Up for Epilepsy Event starting in Spring, 2020!

Whether on a stationary bike at the gym, your family’s regular weekend bike ride through the neighborhood, riding to school or work, or your weekly bike groups’ multi-mile trek, you can log your miles, raise funds, and awareness.