Epilepsy Foundation Florida Update on Meeting with Cox Media Tampa

Statement from Meredith Terrian, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation Florida

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — This morning, we had a positive and productive meeting with the vice president and market manager at Cox Media Tampa regarding inappropriate comments made by one of their radio station personalities in the region. The vice president assured us the actions of the show’s host do not reflect Cox Media’s culture or values.

We appreciate that the vice president gave us the opportunity to educate him on epilepsy in general, as well as our services, programs, and efforts to END EPILEPSY®. We are glad that he has committed to assisting Epilepsy Foundation Florida with educating the community about epilepsy and seizures. Cox Media has offered their resources to help change the conversation around epilepsy and increase understanding so that we can improve the lives of nearly 230,000 people in Florida living with epilepsy.

In the coming days, Cox Media will begin working with Epilepsy Foundation Florida to produce and air a series of public service announcements, advertisements and on-air appearances about epilepsy and seizures.

We are thankful to Cox Media for its willingness to help us mobilize everyone to take action in our fight to END EPILEPSY. We invite everyone to learn more about epilepsy and seizures and Epilepsy Foundation Florida at epilepsy.com/Florida and to take action at EndEpilepsy.org. Like Epilepsy Foundation Florida on Facebook.com/EpilepsyFoundationFlorida.

About Epilepsy

According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. There are more than twice as many people with epilepsy in the U.S. as the number of people with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis, combined. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States, including nearly 230,000 people in Florida, live with active epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.

About the Epilepsy Foundation Florida

Epilepsy Foundation Florida serves people living with epilepsy across the state. The Foundation is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY® in Florida by supporting and mobilizing the epilepsy community through educational activities, direct services, advocacy, as well as research to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation also seeks to educate the general public to better understand epilepsy and seizure disorders, including knowing proper seizure first aid. For more information, please visit epilepsy.com/Florida. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/EpilepsyFoundationFlorida.

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Contact Name: 
Meredith Terrian
Contact Phone: 
(407) 371-5668
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Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

 
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