October 4, 2011 – (Landover, MD) — The Epilepsy Foundation announced today a new partnership with USA Network's Characters Unite initiative to raise awareness for seizure first aid during National Epilepsy Awareness Month this November. Characters Unite is USA Network's multiplatform public affairs campaign dedicated to promoting tolerance and respect.
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit, represents the nearly three million Americans who live with epilepsy, a condition that produces seizures. In November, the Epilepsy Foundation urges millions of Americans to "Get Seizure Smart" through an interactive quiz and campaign on seizure first aid. USA Network has agreed to air the national PSA, post the link, www.GetSeizureSmart.org, on their site and encourage seizure awareness.
"USA Network's decision to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation is a major advancement of our effort to make America seizure smart," said Dr. Brien Smith, chair of the Epilepsy Foundation's Board of Directors and Chief of Neurology for the Spectrum Health Medical Group in Michigan. "Increasing public awareness of how to deal with epilepsy and provide seizure first aid is crucially important, and the Foundation is deeply grateful to USA Network for helping us extend our message more broadly."
National Epilepsy Awareness Month launches November 1, 2011. To get more information go to www.GetSeizureSmart.org.