Winchester Stroll set for Saturday

The Epilepsy Foundation will be holding the Winchester Stroll on Saturday in Old Town Winchester to spread awareness of epilepsy.

Gina Washington, regional director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, said this event will be a way to bring people together during Epilepsy Awareness Month.

“This is a great way for families to meet, talk and get to know one another in support of epilepsy awareness,” she said.

Dr. Paul Lyons, a neurologist and epileptologist at Winchester Neurological Consultants, will speak on living with uncontrolled seizures.

“The title of my talk will be ‘hacking into new solutions for epilepsy.’ This will be an invitation to patients and families to work with researchers and physicians in discovering unique and defining features of the patients’ epilepsy and seizure. Finding the right treatment for the right patient at the right time,” Lyons said.

Pharmaceutical representatives from UCB, Upsher-Smith, Cyberonics, Sunovion and Supernus will have tables set up to pass out patient education information.

Lalia Hammer, a registered dietician from Winchester Neurological, will pass out keto cookies, which are cookies made for a ketogenic diet that some epileptics use to maintain high-fat, low-carbohydrate and adequate-protein intake.

Washington said the ketogenic diet is one form of treatment for those with epilepsy.

She urges those who attend to wear purple in support of epilepsy awareness.

Raffle prizes and refreshments will be available.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of the Courthouse in Old Town Winchester, 20 N. Loudoun St.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com