12-Hour Marathon Fundraiser at the Honolulu Club Benefits Epilepsy Research - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

12-Hour Marathon Fundraiser at the Honolulu Club Benefits Epilepsy Research

Dr. Alan Stein Dr. Alan Stein
Raul "Boca" Torres Raul "Boca" Torres

By Mary Simms

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu Club hosted its third annual SpinFest, presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii (EFH).

The fundraiser, a 12-hour indoor cycling marathon, will be hosted by indoor cycling instructor and multisport trainer Raul "Boca" Torres and the Honolulu Club spinning staff. It was held at the Honolulu Club from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 26.

Club members and the public participated in SpinFest with a suggested donation of $20 per hour. Corporate team sponsorships were also available. All donations go directly to support EFH. A post-spin reception featuring wine, cheese, prizes and live music was held in the Honolulu Club lounge immediately after the event.

SpinFest is a kick-off event leading up to Sharon's Ride, the annual national outdoor bike/run/walk fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation. Sharon's Ride takes place in Hawaii on Sunday Jan. 28 at Kapiolani Community College, featuring a 10-, 35-, 75- or 100-kilometer ride along Honolulu's southeastern coastline or a 5- or 10-k run into Diamond Head. To register for Sharon's Ride call 528-3058.

Epilepsy affects about 19,000 people in Hawaii. EFH's mission is to help educate the public and erase the stigma sometimes associated with the condition. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that produces sudden, brief changes in how brain cells (neurons) function.

When brain cells are not working properly, a person's consciousness, movements or actions may be altered for a short time. These physical changes are called seizures.  Epilepsy is sometimes called a seizure disorder. It affects people in all nations and of all races. In more than 70 percent of all cases, no cause can be found. Among the rest, epilepsy may be caused by head injuries, strokes, brain tumors, and other illnesses.

The good news is, epilepsy can often be successfully treated with medication or surgery.

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