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Joanna Sophia Foundation 5K Fun Walk/Run for Epilepsy Awareness

NEW YORK – The Joanna Sophia Foundation invites everyone to join the upcoming 5th Annual Around the World in 5K Fun Walk/Run on June 22 to honor the memory of Joanna Sophia Ioannou, a vibrant 9-year-old who tragically passed away in her sleep on November 6, 2018, from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). The 5K Fun Walk/Run serves as a cornerstone event for the foundation, bringing together thousands of individuals of all ages and backgrounds, businesses, schools, and organizations to participate in a day of fitness, fun, and philanthropy, all while contributing to the meaningful causes championed by our foundation.

The event aims to celebrate Joanna’s adventurous spirit while raising awareness about epilepsy and the risk of SUDEP. This 5K walk/run will submerge guests in a journey through different cultures from around the world. During the run, guests will be cheered on at each kilometer with live music, and at the finish line, there will be an abundance of entertainment and food to continue the fun.

Joanna’s parents and family continue to be inspired by Joanna’s vibrant spirit and adventurous character and are determined to preserve her memory. They established the foundation with a mission to advance public awareness of epilepsy, contribute to epilepsy research, and assist families facing financial challenges due to caring for children with epilepsy.

The Joanna Sophia Foundation 5th Annual Around the World in 5K Fun Walk/Run takes place on June 22. Photo: Courtesy of the Joanna Sophia Foundation

The foundation has already made a significant impact through collaboration with CureEpilepsy, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy. Together, they initiated The Joanna Sophia Grant, a research endeavor focused on studying SUDEP. The foundation has raised over $250,000 to drive vital research efforts.

In addition to research support, the Joanna Sophia Foundation is deeply committed to aiding families with children battling epilepsy, providing essential financial support and resources. In partnership with Aspen Service Dogs, the Foundation aims to increase independence and safety, embodying their mission to make a tangible difference in the lives of those living with epilepsy

Join the Joanna Sophia Foundation’s 5K Fun Walk/Run around the World on June 22, beginning with check-in, 8:30-10 AM, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church, 196-10 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, NY, Walk/Run starting at 10 AM from St. Nicholas to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 150-05 12th Avenue in Whitestone, NY, and participate in the movement to remember Joanna Sophia, raise epilepsy awareness, and support families affected by this condition. #letjoannainspireyou

For more information to sponsor and to register for this event, visit: https://joannasophiafoundation.org.


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