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‘Seizure Soldiers’ march on in fight against invisible illnesses

By Don Fennell

Published 11:10 PDT, Tue October 13, 2020

Last Updated: 4:25 PDT, Tue October 13, 2020

A trio of ‘Seizure Soldiers’ is organizing a virtual art auction in the ongoing fight against epilepsy and all invisible illnesses.

Marika Lopez of Richmond is joining forces with two young women in the US for the online fundraiser Nov. 6 to 14. The goal is to net $20,000 for the EPIC (Empowering People with Chronic Illness) Foundation based in Illinois, which supports advocacy, awareness and programs for invisible illnesses that number more than 70.

The Silent but Not Invisible Charity Virtual Art Auction is the latest project for Lopez, who earlier this summer set out to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital to say thanks for their ongoing support as she battled epilepsy.

Lopez says art donations are needed to help realize the goals. Email her at, or learn more at, and on Instagram and Facebook.

“We need to help people with invisible illnesses know that they don’t have to be invisible and silent,” Lopez says. “We need to help break down the stigma of different invisible illnesses, and to fund several EPIC programs.”

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