SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a sea of purple in Springfield Saturday morning as hundreds of people participated in the walk for epilepsy in Forest Park.
The annual event held by Epilepsy Foundation New England attracted around 300 participants, and was emceed by 22News Reporter Tamara Sacharczyk. She shared her own struggle with epilepsy with the many participants Saturday morning.
“When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, I had no idea what it was, and neither did any of my family or friends,” said Sacharczyk. “I think being here with a lot of people who do have epilepsy, it shows you that you’re not alone, that you have these other people, people who are fighting for you every day.”
Tamara’s struggle to find medications that worked for her hit home for many of the participants. Some of them are still struggling to find their own solution.
Mariah Pulver, who was diagnosed with epilepsy five years ago, told 22News, “It feels very welcoming in that like there’s other people. You know that you’re not alone. None of the medications really work for me, so we’re kind of at a loss for what to do right now. I hope to move forward with medications”.
This year’s walk raised more than $24,000 to support those struggling with epilepsy. The money raised helps Epilepsy Foundation New England provide community education, offer support groups, and search for a cure.
Sue Pulver told 22News, “Mariah has struggled with getting a correct diagnosis for her epilepsy, and the doctors have seemed to scratch their heads at times. So the more money that can go into it, the more research that can be done, the more they’re going to be able to help my daughter and others.”
Participants said the annual walk puts them a step closer to finding a cure for epilepsy.