Louisiana Youth Shares Epilepsy Message on Capitol Hill
Barnes, 15, is one of 44 young people from across the country participating in Kids Speak Up!, a national program coordinated by the Epilepsy Foundation and funded by Abbott Laboratories. The program rallies young ambassadors with epilepsy between the ages of 7 and 16 to personally petition congressional leaders for aid in assuring better access to care, improved public education and more research toward a cure for epilepsy.
“Emily was selected to participate in Kids Speak Up! to represent the approximately 350,000 children under the age of 15 who are affected by the condition,” said
Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in children and the third most common in adults after stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Despite modern therapy, about one million people in the U.S. continue to experience seizures or significant side effects from treatment for their epilepsy.
Epilepsy imposes an annual economic burden of
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SOURCE Epilepsy Foundation