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Many silently suffer from Epilepsy

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Many children, teens adults suffer from seizures and Epilepsy every day in our own community but most never talk about it.  Local families affected by the condition are trying to change that by having a walk at John Dam Plaza Saturday afternoon.

Walkers say the Tri-Cities has very few resources making it even more difficult.  Currently there are no Pediatric doctors in the area working with patients who have epilepsy.  For now, patients have to drive either to Seattle or to Spokane for treatment, but parents say it would be easier if their children could be treated locally.

"Well, it would save us a lot of driving, taking time off from work.  We have to be there at 7:30 in the morning every time we go, so we have to go the night before," says PJ Stofelt, Father of child with Epilepsy.

The only local resource is the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest.  They help families find doctors and distribute information. 

The walk raised $11,000 that will toward more local services.