Navigation Links
People with Epilepsy Encouraged to Submit Artwork as Part of National Expressions of Courage(R) Art Contest

Contest Celebrates Talents and Strengths of Those Living with Epilepsy

TITUSVILLE, N.J., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Art is an essential part of the human experience. It has the ability to relay our deepest feelings with mere flicks of a paintbrush, or through simple pencil strokes. For people with epilepsy, art can be a valuable way to communicate their innermost thoughts of living with this serious neurological condition.

The sixth annual Expressions of Courage(R) national art contest, sponsored by ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation, provides people with epilepsy the opportunity to showcase their talents and their perspectives of the world around them through art. In addition, the contest helps raise awareness of epilepsy and eliminate the stigma often associated with the condition -- as epilepsy does not define who people are, it is simply a condition they live with.

The contest kicked off at the National Walk for Epilepsy on March 29 in Washington, D.C., and is open through July 16, 2008, to all Americans diagnosed with epilepsy. A panel of epilepsy advocates and art industry representatives will serve as contest judges and will announce the winning artwork in September. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity and the ability to demonstrate feelings of living with epilepsy through art.

"By participating in the Expressions of Courage art contest, Carly is able to pursue her love of arts and crafts while gaining a sense of satisfaction and pride that she doesn't easily find in many activities," explained Kelly Richards of Westmont, Ill., mother of a past contest winner. "The contest is a meaningful and positive experience for Carly, and she looks forward to creating her entry each year."

Artwork may be created in ink, pencil, crayon, paint or a combination of these materials and must be on paper or board no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Multiple pieces of artwork will be accepted. Entry forms should be downloaded from the contest Web site,, and mailed to: Expressions of Courage, c/o ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS, 389 Pittstown Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867. Contest entries will be categorized into three age groups: children ages 12 years old and younger; teens age 13 to 17; and adults 18 years of age and older.

Winning artwork will be featured on the contest Web site and either in 2009 calendars or coffee table books available in local Epilepsy Foundation offices and select physician offices nationwide. Also, a few winning pieces may be chosen by curators from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare for display in a traveling art exhibition comprised of nearly 30 winning entries from the past five contests. The exhibition aims to enhance public awareness of epilepsy by traveling to medical centers across the nation. The artwork is accompanied by the artists' stories of how epilepsy has impacted their lives in various ways. Visit the contest Web site to learn more about the exhibition and find an exhibition location near you.

"The people who participate in the Expressions of Courage contest are advocates for increasing awareness about epilepsy, in that they creatively use their talents and selflessly share their personal feelings for the benefit of educating others," said Eric R. Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "We recognize their bravery, appreciate their unique and beautiful artwork, and hope that other people are inspired to speak out about their own experiences of living with epilepsy."

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide with as many as 200,000 Americans diagnosed for the first time each year. Epilepsy produces seizures, which happen when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. The condition can develop at any time in life, but there is a particular susceptibility in young children and the elderly. Currently, there is no cure for epilepsy; however, seizure medications help control seizure activity in the majority of people with this condition.

To learn more about Expressions of Courage, the traveling exhibition and to download Expressions of Courage entry forms, please visit, or call the Contest Help Line at 800-224-4935 with questions.

About the Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation's goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research, so not another moment is lost to seizures. For additional information, please visit


Headquartered in Titusville, N.J., ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS focuses exclusively on providing solutions that improve neurological health. The company currently markets products for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and acute and preventive migraine treatment. ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS, in conjunction with internal and external research partners, continues to explore new opportunities to develop solutions for unmet healthcare needs in neurology.

Krystal Loewe Kara Russell


(312) 729-4453 (609) 730-3592

Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. National Walk for Epilepsy Brings People and Celebrities Together for Epilepsy
2. Older People Want to Use Technology to Help Them Remain at Home
3. Survey: Most People Unsure About Cloned Food
4. Mythbusted -- people who wear glasses arent geeks
5. Introspective experiences inform inferences about similar people -- but not dissimilar
6. New Interventional Radiology Treatment Shows Hope for People With Complications from Bone Marrow, Stem Cell Transplants
7. Neighborhoods play key role in how much people exercise, study says
8. Avalere Study Shows Medicare Part D Helping People with Type 2 Diabetes; Warns People with Diabetes of Probability of Reaching the Donut Hole
9. Prescription costs rise more than 6 times when patients reach 65 says study of 5M people
10. Gender bias may affect care of people with osteoarthritis, study finds
11. A New Plan to Expand Health Care Access in America for People Who Cant Find a Doctor to Care for Them
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... holiday shopping strategy. Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and ... holiday gifts. Shoppers don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family ... tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Ashburn, VA (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 ... ... Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. As a franchise owner, Somu now offers ... range of cruise, destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as, cabin ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... , ... The Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute today announced ... form selection in early phase drug development. The first of these is to ... the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners, and investors, at Milton Park, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Jobs in hospital medical laboratories and in the imaging field ... agency Aureus Medical Group . These fields, as well as travel ... for healthcare jobs through the company’s website, , The leading healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ... Cell Surface Marker Testing Market: Supplier ... to their offering.  --> ... of the  "2016 Future Horizons and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Linden Care, LLC, a ... treatment outcomes for patients suffering from chronic pain, said ... a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining Express Scripts from ... companies. --> --> ... of its legal options. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Kitov Pharma ceuticals ... biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutic candidates ... announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public ... each representing 20 ordinary shares of the Company, and ... and warrants were issued in a fixed combination of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: