Two years ago, Beckie Bither and Debbie Herrera participated in a Northwest Run/Walk for Epilepsy event in the Tri-Cities. Both have children afflicted with the disease, and both have taken an active role in bringing attention to the issue.

“After we did the walk in Tri-Cities, we said to ourselves, ‘We can do this in Hermiston,’” Bither said recently. “So we started working on it ... and here we are.”

They held the initial Run/Walk for Epilepsy in Hermiston last year, with about 75 people participating. The second annual event, which will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest and The Arc of Umatilla County, will be June 16 at McKenzie Park beginning at 10 a.m.

Epilepsy Northwest events will be held in eight cities this year, from Alaska to Oregon. According to the foundation, nearly 119,000 people in the Northwest have seizure-related health issues. The Arc provides an array of services and supports to people with disabilities. The Hermiston fundraiser will send 50 percent of proceeds to The Arc and 50 percent to EFNW.

Bither and Herrera are hoping for at least 100 particpants this year. The walk, which begins at McKenzie Park, is about one mile long.

“Last year was a great start,” Herrera said. “This community is generous. They’re always willing to pitch in for a good cause.”

Registration can be completed by going online to

Registration will also be available on the day of the event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The kickoff ceremony begins at 10 a.m., with the walk starting at 11. The celebration ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Registration fee is $25. Teams are also welcome.

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