3rd Annual Epilepsy and Seizures Expo Connects Families with Critical Resources

November 10, 2018 07:03 PM

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota hosted the third annual Epilepsy and Seizures Wellness Expo at Delta Hotels in Northeast Minneapolis Saturday.

Organizers said the expo is Minnesota's largest one-day gathering of resources and support for those living with epilepsy and seizures.

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"We hope through research we will be able to advance therapies for individuals with epilepsy, continue to look at medical devices, and learn from those and take it to the next level," said Heidi Fisher, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.

Melissa Weeks and her four-year-old son Tyler are one of the thousands of families impacted by epilepsy in our region.

"He has generalized tonic seizures. About 50 to 100 a day. They are little spasms. They are very brief. Most people couldn't tell if you had one," said Weeks.


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This year's focus was on research and new treatments. 

"Being here with these people is the most wonderful, rewarding experience ever. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota has done so much for our family," said Weeks.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, one in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and one in 26 will develop epilepsy. 

Organizers said there are 60,000 people in the community with epilepsy.

 

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