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Inspired by epilepsy advocates – and the generosity of colleagues

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    Earlier this year I had the pleasure of walking along the Great Wall of China as part of the Trek for Epilepsy, a fundraising campaign run by the Epilepsy Foundation of Australia.

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    The patient value created by the Epilepsy Foundation in Australia chimes with UCB’s commitment to meet the needs of people affected by epilepsy. That is why I was so keen to sign up for the Trek after being invited by Graeme Shears, CEO, Epilepsy Foundation of Australia.

    Standing on top of the Wall, which is situated a couple hours north of Beijing and stretches for thousands of miles, is a breath-taking experience. However, the real thrill was in joining a team of dedicated patient advocates to raise much-needed funding for people affected by epilepsy.

    Over AUD $5,000 was raised which was then generously matched by UCB, taking the total raised to over AUD $10,000. This, together with the incredible efforts of the other members of the ‘Trek team’ brought the total raised to almost AUD $45,000.

    The funds will be used to support the Epilepsy Foundation’s efforts to stop epilepsy deaths; ensure that children with epilepsy get a good education; support people with epilepsy in the workplace; and help people with epilepsy to feel safe and connected.

    I was genuinely overwhelmed by the generosity, support and financial contribution of UCB colleagues, friends and family. It was an honour and a privilege to spend time with some truly inspirational people whose lives have been touched by epilepsy.

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