Bizzarro resolution honors ‘National Epilepsy Awareness Month’

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – November 2015 marks "National Epilepsy Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania, thanks to a measure authored by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, that the state House approved today.

"Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the United States, behind stroke and Alzheimer’s disease," Bizzarro said. "For those of us who aren’t among the 5 million Americans living with the disorder, we can’t imagine what it must be like to live every day knowing that a seizure may strike at any time. I hope we can bring more awareness to this disorder, and let people who are suffering from it know that they’re not alone."

Epilepsy is characterized by recurring seizures, and affects people of all ages. Up to 50,000 Americans die each year from seizures and related causes, while about 200,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed each year.

Bizzarro also cited the ongoing work of the Epilepsy Foundation in Pennsylvania in his H.R. 211.

"I commend all our Epilepsy Foundation chapters throughout the state for connecting our communities with helpful resources like support groups, training for first responders and school staff, and educational conferences," Bizzarro said. "By working together, we can help prevent and control epilepsy throughout Pennsylvania."