Brain on Fire 5K for Hope

July 3, 2019

The Dewees Family is organizing a 5K run to raise awareness for Autoimmune Encephalitis.

 March 2019, just one day after turning 13, Luke Dewees was diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis.  The next month was a terrifying and trying time.  Luke spent more than 3 weeks in the hospital battling this rare and evasive disease.  With the aid of excellent medical care, the power of prayer, love of family and friends…God brought Luke through this illness and home for Easter. We are so grateful for the many people who stood behind our family in hope and prayer. Luke suggested we organize a 5K Race in order to raise AE Awareness and provide financial assistance to the Autoimmune Encephalitis.  So here we go!

There are many ways you can help:  Come run the race.  Volunteer on race day.  Become a corporate sponsor.  Donate goods or services.  If you can help in any way, please email us at

Race information – Brain on Fire 5K for Hope 

Date: September 21, 2019
Place: Friedman Park, Newburgh, IN
What: 5K Race and Kids Fun Run
Time: Opening ceremonies at 7:30 AM, 5K starts at 8:00 AM, Kids Fun Run at 9:15 AM. All proceeds will benefit the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance.

To sign up, go to – Brain on Fire 5K for Hope

AE Alliance wants to thank Luke and the whole Dewees Family for organizing this run to raise AE Awareness.