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Sharon's Ride and 5k Run/Walk raises awareness for epilepsy

Posted at 11:51 AM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 14:16:17-04

A major event was held today to support the thousands of San Diegans affected by epilepsy.

Ashley Campillo set up her team's tent with purple posters and pictures.

This is her fifth year walking in the Sharon's Ride, Run, Walk 5K.

"I was amazed that how many people were here and all the people with epilepsy that I didn't know existed," she said.

'Ashley's Crew,' has raised $2,800 for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego.

Being one of 50,000 San Diegans with the disorder, Campillo makes every effort to be at the 5K.

"I never thought that it would happen, you know, to me. No one ever thinks, oh that's going to happen to me," she said.

Ashley gets two different types of seizures, neither of which she can control.

"When I zone out, I'm not there and I don't remember what happened at that specific time."

With the more sever seizures, she can fall and shake.

"When I wake up, my whole body is extremely weakened. I have to sleep for a while," she said.

Thanks to the hundreds of bikers, walkers and runners, money raised will go towards finding a cure for epilepsy. It will also help fund local programs and services.

"It's a disease that needs to be more well known to the community so people are more aware of it," said Campillo.

She hopes others see how much of an impact community support can have.

 

"It helped me feel like I wasn't alone anymore and I wasn't so sad."

Those who participated in the event have collectively raised more than $176,000 and are hoping to raise more.