SHREVEPORT, La. - Actor Greg Grunberg is the father of a son with epilepsy. He's teaming up with the Epilepsy Foundation to spread awareness about the widespread disease.
According to the CDC, there are more people living with epilepsy in the U.S. than ever before; 3.7 million in total including 470,000 children and teens.
In partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation, Grunberg is helping launch the next phase of "Talk About It!" which is an awareness campaign urging people to have conversations about epilepsy.
Here's more from the Foundation's press release:
"Talk About It!" wants to make sure that children with epilepsy are recognized for what makes them truly special and unique beyond the condition, whether it's participation in sports, academic achievement, the arts or another personal passion.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes a person to have recurrent seizures.
Seizures occur due to a disruption of electrical communication between neurons. Because epilepsy and seizures manifest in many different ways, there is often a lack of understanding about epilepsy and seizures that can lead to misperceptions, insensitive comments, questions and even bullying.
One study suggested that children with epilepsy were twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who do not have epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation's Talk About It! campaign helps advocate for children living with epilepsy. It can enhance education and dialogue to encourage everyone to get to know children with epilepsy as unique individuals and to see beyond their epilepsy.
For more on the campaign including tools and resources, visit: www.TalkAboutIt.org
Or, head to: www.epilepsy.com
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