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Support for epilepsy is local’s birthday wish

By Don Fennell

Published 10:56 PDT, Fri July 23, 2021

Marika Lopez started Seizure Soldiers a few years ago to further enlighten the public about epilepsy. Now, the ever-determined Richmondite is extending her mission while hoping to lend a hand to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary.

Her latest effort is an anniversary wish of sorts, as she celebrates her birthday this month.

“I have decided to fundraise for (the Calgary association) for a couple of reasons,” she explains. “They’re a hidden gem, offer great services, and I want more people to be aware of them.”

Lopez says the public misunderstanding of epilepsy causes challenges worse than the seizures themselves.

A charitable social service agency established to address community, individual and family needs related to epilepsy, the Calgary branch’s mission is to support independence, quality of life and community participation. Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system resulting from abnormal brain activity causing seizures. Anyone can develop the disorder.

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