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Stand Up for Epilepsy

Epilepsy and Sport Project

The ILAE, through its Task Force on Sports and Epilepsy and in collaboration with IBE, have created this collection of images of famous sport persons photographed with children or teenagers from around the world. The photographs convey the message that celebrities have no prejudice against the disorder and that people with epilepsy can achieve their goals, lead a full and active life and engage in sports.

Too often, the stigma attached to having epilepsy can mean that those with the condition are marginalised; prevented from participating fully in life, in work, and in sport. For many years the international associations representing the health professionals (ILAE, International League Against Epilepsy) and patients' organizations (IBE, International Bureau for Epilepsy) have been fighting against such prejudice by promoting several anti-discrimination campaigns.

A major cause for a reduced quality of life of people with epilepsy is the prejudice that comes with the disease, mostly due to ignorance about its nature. This prejudice is ubiquitous, but most marked in developing countries and against children. Because of prejudice, people with epilepsy are often discriminated against at school in the workplace, and they may be denied basic rights, including the ability to be actively engaged in sports.

This collection of images was launched at the London European Epilepsy Congress in 2012 in the ExCel Arena, the largest of all the 2012 Olympic enues, and will be used for promotional campaigns worldwide to eradicate prejudice and discrimination against epilepsy.


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Photo collection

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Romelda Aiken
Candice Adams

Álvaro Marinho

Antonietta Di Martino

Arezoo Motamedi Fakhr


Behdad Salimi

Carlos Saleiro

Steven Cluxton
Bryan Cullen
Tomas Quinn


Fábio da Silva

David Svoboda

Elisabete Jacinto

Francisco Vieira and
João Neto

Gonçalo Gomes

Gonçalo Carvalho

Igor Cassina

Jéssica Augusto

Kevin Lin

Kim Do Hun

Adrian Kovalevskij

Lenka Marušková

Naide Gomes

Natalie Dianová

Olimpia Milano

Zydrnas Savickas

Rosa Mota

Portuguese National
Male & Female
Rugby Teams

Stephanie Rice

Tiago Monteiro

Emanuel Valeri
Tania Kehlet

Antanas Pabijunas

Czech Republic's
rowing team

Vítor Baía

Wilfred Bungei

Zaigham Maseel
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The ILAE would like to thank the photographers, doctors, athletes and participants who have kindly given their time and support to Stand Up For Epilepsy.

All images are the property of the International League Against Epilepsy and any unauthorised use is strictly forbidden. If you would like to use any of the images please write to .

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