Former Professional Golfer and Athletes vs Epilepsy Ambassador Jeff Klauk
Jeff’s journey with epilepsy started in June, 2006, at a Web.com Tour professional golf event in Knoxville, TN. He was tied for 15th entering the weekend and had a seizure on that Friday night and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
While Jeff moved forward and accomplished his dream of earning his PGA Tour card (2008), he continued to struggle with seizure control. Medicine has been unable to control his seizures, and brain scans and surgeries have been unsuccessful in locating the origin of his seizures. Jeff continues to work with his doctors who are determined to find the right therapy.
Jeff recently transitioned from a 16-year professional playing career to a role with Perfect Golf Event as the Manager of Tournaments and events for their new digital platform designed for charitable and sponsored golf tournament organizers, enabling them to raise more money for their causes. Jeff also serves as a National Ambassador for Athletes vs Epilepsy with the hope of raising funds and awareness to support the mission of the Epilepsy Foundation.
Athletes vs Epilepsy
Athletes vs Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes and sports fans of all ages and skill levels to participate in raising awareness and funds to help the Epilepsy Foundation. Funds help the Epilepsy Foundation continue to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
Epilepsy is Not Rare
- 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy (multiple unprovoked seizures) in their lifetime
- 3.4 million people have Epilepsy in the United States
- More people suffer from epilepsy than the number of those affected by other neuro-disorders combined. Yet epilepsy receives less than $2 of federal funding per person compared to muscular dystrophy ($1,147 per person, <40,000 affected), multiple sclerosis ($100 per person, <350,000 people affected), and Parkinson's disease ($65 per person, <1,000,000 people affected)
- Each year, 1 in 1,000 adults and 1 in 4,500 children in the United States will die because of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)