Introduction

Five years ago, Olivia Mullin (Olly) died at work in London, England, from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Married, with two children aged two years nine months and 19 months, she was just 31 years old and, until her death on 15th January 2007, had been a very active, sporty, businesswoman, wife and mother.

As a direct result of Olly's death, her sister Tamzin and Dr. Elizabeth Donner co-founded the organization SUDEP Aware, in Canada, to raise awareness and understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. This not-for-profit's ultimate goal is to identify the cause(s) of SUDEP, to inform and educate people with epilepsy, relatives and healthcare providers about SUDEP and to help to try and prevent it.

To mark the passing of five years, in April this year Olly’s sister Michélle Sturtridge ran the London Marathon, raising money for Epilepsy Research UK.

In addition, next month Olly’s father, Paul Jeffs (66), is travelling to Canada to Cycle for Olly. He plans to cycle 500km from London (Canada) to Toronto, via the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario. He will be accompanied on this epic six-day ride by Tamzin’s husband, David Himsworth (41), together with other friends and family members at various points along the way.

How You Can Help

There are several ways to help the Cycle for Olly team raise awareness and funds to support SUDEP Aware:

  • Buy a Cycle for Olly T-shirt, or
  • Sponsor the cyclists, or
  • Turn out with your friends and family at one of the six daily start points and give the cyclists a great send-off, (see details below) or
  • Forward this to your friends and family
  • Do all of the above! ;o)

T-shirts may be ordered and pre-paid via PayPal, on the SUDEP Aware website. They can be mailed to you, for a small postage and packing fee, or you may elect to collect your T-shirt at any one of the departure points on the Cycle for Olly route which you nominate.

For further information on all these options, please contact SUDEP Aware on Tel: 1-855-85-SUDEP (78337) or via email.

DAILY START POINTS EN ROUTE FOR TORONTO*

Tuesday July 17th, 12pm depart from London (see more info below)
Wednesday July 18th, 10am depart from St.Thomas
Thursday July 19th, 10am depart from Port Rowan
Friday July 20th, 10am depart from Port Maitland
Saturday July 21st, 10am depart from Niagara
Sunday July 22nd, 10am depart from Grimsby
........  arriving in Toronto at approx. 16:00 pm

[*precise start point locations to be advised]

YOU ARE ALSO INVITED to attend two meet-and-greets arranged by your local epilepsy organizations in support of this event:

LONDON, Tuesday July 17th - Cyclist 'send-off' @ 11:30am, at Epilepsy Support Centre, 690 Hale Street, London.
Tel: (519) 433-4073

NIAGARA, Friday July 20th - Cyclist ‘welcome’ @ 6pm, at Epilepsy Niagara, 5017 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls.
Tel: (905) 353-1096

Updates

Keep track of their progress, by following Michelle's blog.

Special Mention

For their kind generosity, our special thanks to:

Austin Graphics
Bike On Tours
Ollie's Cycle and Ski (no relation!), Georgetown
*  Epilepsy Niagara
*  Epilepsy Support Centre, London