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People with Epilepsy Encouraged to Submit Artwork as Part of National Expressions of Courage(R) Art Contest
Date:3/31/2008

/2 by 11 inches. Multiple pieces of artwork will be accepted. Entry forms should be downloaded from the contest Web site, http://www.expressionsofcourage.com, 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 e
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