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Monday, January 26, 2004



Bicycle ride to aid
epilepsy foundation


The Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii will host the second annual Sharon's Ride/Walk for Epilepsy Sunday in honor of Sharon Rosenfeld, a nurse and teacher who was killed during a cross-country bicycle ride in 1993.

Neurologists William Rosenfeld and Susan Lippmann, specialists in epilepsy, launched the event in 1996 in St. Louis, Mo., in memory of Rosenfeld's sister, who cared about epilepsy and epilepsy patients.

Rosenfeld and his family are expected to be at Honolulu's event, one of a half-dozen in the country.

A 25-mile bike ride will begin at 7 a.m. from Kapiolani Community College to Kalama Valley near Sandy Beach, and a 1-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. A party will be held at 9 a.m. with food, prizes and activities for adults and children.

Participants are invited to take their families, pets, bikes, scooters or wheelchairs. Disabled residents also are encouraged to participate.

All proceeds will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii, which provides services to people with seizure disorders.

More than 15,000 Hawaii residents have epilepsy, and more than 75,000 people are touched by the disease, estimates the foundation, which has provided information and services about epilepsy for more than 20 years.

For more information, see www.sharonforepilepsy.com or call 528-3058, 866-528-3058 toll-free from the neighbor islands.

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