Rise Above Seizures

By KBJR News 1

Rise Above Seizures

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM CST

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- A representative from the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota taught kids at Laura MacArthur Elementary school on Tuesday about seizures and how to be accepting of others who have them.

One in 10 people will have a seizure during their lifetime.

Some kids who suffer from epilepsy may be afraid of getting bullied because of their seizures.

Lisa Peterson, the outreach coordinator for Northern Minnesota, said there are more than 20 types of seizures and the presentation gave the kids a better understanding of what seizures are.

That knowledge can help diminish the stigma around having a seizure and prevent bullying.

A couple of children participated in an exercise where they blew up a balloon to visualize how a nice comment or gesture can make another person feel good about themselves.

On May 15, the kids will participate in the Epilepsy Foundation's Rise Above Seizures balloon event.

The event is in celebration of the foundation's 60th anniversary.

Members will distribute 60,000 balloons in recognition of the 60,000 people in the community with epilepsy.

The students will write encouraging words on balloons which will then be displayed at the school.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com

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