GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It effects 2.2 million people in the United States, with 150,000 new diagnoses each year.
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures. And even though one in 26 people will develop the disorder at some point in their lifetime, it's probably one of the least understood of the major chronic medical conditions.
For all of those reasons the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina is taking a stand to fight it.
Two people who are very passionate about educating the community about epilepsy joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about an event on November 16, 2013 to benefit those currently living with it.
Pat Gibson is the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina and David Pryor's daughter has severe epilepsy.
Gibson explained the gala benefits people who are can't afford to pay for their medication.
"We have a medication fund that was a state program which I got funded in 1987 and in 2009 it was completely cut out of the budget. But we've been doing fundraiser after fundraiser to keep this going, because this is so important. As we know, in this economy people have lost jobs and without insurance they can't afford it," she said.
"We've tried all types of medication, combinations of medication and nothing has ever controlled her seizures," explained Pryor about his 41-year-old daughter. "Her seizures were not as bad when she was small but they've gotten worse as she's gotten older. Hopefully through research we'll be able to see her at least have some sort of better time in her life where she'll have fewer seizures or be able to enjoy her life more," Pryor said.
Last year, the American Partners Federal Credit Union's Starlight Gala to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of North Carolina raised over $25,000. This year, they hope to beat it so they can help even more people.
The 2nd Annual Gala is on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's at Revolution Mills in Greensboro.
To purchase tickets call 336-478-6569.
WFMY News 2