Springfield organization spreading awareness about epilepsy

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A new organization in Springfield is hoping to spread awareness about epilepsy.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Mason Square Library and the Springfield Epilepsy Coalition had a community conversation on epilepsy and other seizure disorders Thursday night.

Organizers said roughly one in 26 people is living with epilepsy or some form of seizure disorder today, and some may not even know it. Richard Mills of the Springfield Epilepsy Coalition told 22News the importance of acknowledging and providing insight into the disorder.

“It’s been a stigma for a long time, epilepsy and other seizure disorders,” Mills said. “Since Springfield is a city of firsts, I believe that a new coalition should come together to help raise awareness, and make alliances with other bigger organizations.”

The annual Springfield Walk for Epilepsy fundraiser will take place May 4th in Forest Park.

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