ROC (Ryan O’Connor), is an Army Veteran, who many years after his discharge from the Army was diagnosed with Epilepsy. While it has never been determined the cause of ROC’s Epilepsy, he recognizes that over 100,000 service members have returned home with battle induced seizure disorders and over 3 million Americans have Epilepsy. ROC also recognizes that Epilepsy awareness and research is a severely underfunded area.
On October 1, 2022, ROC started walking from Longwood, Florida, with the intent to walk 1000 miles to Fenton, Missouri, to further the mission of ROC Stop Seizures. Why Fenton, Missouri? It is the headquarters of ROC’s favorite supplements, 1st Phorm. The walk was to be completed in 23-28 days at about 30-50 miles a day of walking. ROC was able to successfully raise awareness throughout the first half of the Journey of 1000 Miles from Longwood, Florida, to Dothan, Alabama. However, due to circumstances unrelated to ROC’s epilepsy or walking condition, the Journey had to come to an end in Dothan, Alabama.
ROC and his crew returned to Florida on October 15, 2022. Although unhappy with having to end the Journey early, ROC was happy to have taught so many people along the way about Epilepsy and Battle Induced Seizure Disorders. So much so that ROC has already begun planning his next Journey of 1000 miles to take place in October or November of 2023.
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