About Tatum's Trail

We would like you to meet Tatum Johnson. Tatum is eight years old and was diagnosed at the age of three with epilepsy. In the United States approximately 2.3 million people have epilepsy which includes 1 in 50 children and 1 in 100 adults. Approximately 125,000 Americans are diagnosed each year.

In 2010 we did some research on events to raise awareness and money for the Epilepsy Foundation. After realizing there were very few opportunities in our community we decided to organize Tatum’s Trail, a 5K walk/run for all ages! In a little more than 3 months this decision grew into a very successful reality and on November 13th 2010 the first annual Tatum’s Trail 5K was held in Garner, NC. Due to our overwhelming success we knew that Tatum’s Trail HAD to grow into an annual event. Our second annual event was an even larger success! Our success over the last two years proved that with hard work, determination and faith we can make a difference in others’ lives. It also gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy in the community.

In 2012 we had over 130 participants and raised over $19,000!

Our event is a recreational and competitive 5K run/walk that is held at Lake Benson Park in Garner, NC. We are offering a timed, competitive entry again this year through FS Series of Raleigh. We aim to offer a fun, family-friendly event that anyone can participate in. In addition to the 5K we kick off the race with a 100 meter dash fun run for kids. The race route includes mostly paved and partially unpaved trail.

The event is aimed at raising money for the North Carolina chapter of the National Epilepsy Foundation. All proceeds raised will be used to increase awareness for epilepsy, support those with epilepsy and their families, provide medications for those unable to afford it, and to dedicate money for research. After four years Tatum continues to suffer from seizures periodically. However, she has gone from three meds to one and her epilepsy is generally controlled by the one medicine. She continues to be monitored closely by her neurologist. While Tatum’s prognosis is very good, we must be reminded just how much of an impact an Epilepsy diagnosis affects so many families and continue to raise awareness in the community.