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Every Picture Tells A Story, Particularly for Those With Epilepsy
Date:5/11/2009

Expressions of Courage(R) Art Contest for People with Epilepsy Now Accepting Entries

TITUSVILLE, N.J., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The definition of art has been debated for centuries, with most agreeing that art means something different to everyone. For people living with epilepsy, art can be a self-expressive, visual demonstration of how it feels to live with this serious neurological condition.

Expressions of Courage(R) is a national contest for people with epilepsy. From a finger painting on a sheet of paper to an intricate drawing on a canvas, art provides an opportunity for those with epilepsy to vibrantly convey how they live with the condition. The contest helps showcase the talent and inspiration of people across the country living with epilepsy.

Contest sponsor Ortho-McNeil Neurologics(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation, invites people with epilepsy of all ages to share their artwork. The contest will be open for entries from May 11, 2009 through August 28, 2009. A panel of epilepsy advocates, art industry representatives and healthcare experts will serve as contest judges and announce the winning artwork in November. Entries are judged based on creativity and the ability to bring to life the experiences of living with epilepsy.

"Every piece submitted to Expressions of Courage(R) tells a different story, one may feature images to describe what it feels like to have a seizure, while another demonstrates hope for a cure," said Eric R. Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "Without a doubt, creating these entries is a very personal experience for participants, providing a personal platform for them to share what they go through every day."

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting more than 50 million people worldwide. As many as 200,00
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