SOURCE: The Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation

November 15, 2010 15:34 ET

NFL Star Jason Snelling Speaks Up About Living With Epilepsy

New Public Service Announcement Focuses on the Epilepsy Foundation's African American Outreach Program

LANDOVER, MD--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) -  While playing football for the University of Virginia, Jason Snelling often suffered from crippling migraines and dizzy spells. He was eventually diagnosed with epilepsy, but was determined not to let the condition stop him from accomplishing his goals both on and off the field. Now a running back for the Atlanta Falcons, Jason shares his inspirational story as an Epilepsy Foundation spokesperson.

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects nearly 3 million people in the United States, including 350,000 African Americans. A recent study indicates that for certain populations with epilepsy, such as African Americans, access to appropriate care including epilepsy specialists and anti-epileptic drugs, can be a problem. But even more damaging, some say, can be the bullying, fear, misperceptions and discrimination imposed by people who don't know the facts about epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation believes that education about epilepsy is the key to changing attitudes about the condition. In 2008, the organization launched a campaign called Know the Difference to raise awareness in African American communities, to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy, and to encourage those with the condition to seek proper care. Now, through a new public service announcement, Jason Snelling hopes to educate the public about the prevalence of epilepsy in the African American community and help empower those with epilepsy to accomplish their dreams despite their condition.

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About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1967. The Foundation's goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and promote research for a cure.

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