Raising awarenes of epilepsy

Qualicum Beach teen Liam Schilberg's seizures have been virtually eliminated; walk scheduled for March 30

Liam Schilberg

Liam Schilberg

Liam Schilberg’s epilepsy has improved dramatically in the last couple years with a strict diet and drug combination, but he and his family are still hosting a third annual walk for awareness at the end of March, Epilepsy Awareness Month.

“He’s still doing really great, it’s really exciting,” said his mother Colette explaining the virtual elimination of his seizures in the couple years since they started the walk.

Liam’s frontal lobe epilepsy gave him partial seizures many times through the day and night for eight years before they found a specialist in Calgary that found the right treatment that seemed miraculous to the family.

Epilepsy affects about one in every 100 Canadians, and though people can develop it at any age it is most common in children and seniors, points out the B.C. Epilepsy Society. Their website (www.bcepilepsy.com) has good information and tips including what you should do when someone has a seizure.

Despite his success the family is continuing the walk to raise awareness since there are no other events in the area.

The walk is an easy stroll through Community Park in Qualicum Beach on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. and people are encouraged to wear purple, the international colour for epilepsy.

There will be an information table and they will accept donations for the society, but it is not a fundraiser they point out.

For more information call Colette at 250-752-9674.

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