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Minnesota football coach speaks out for epilepsy

7 Nov 2012

American footballAmerican football coach, Jerry Kill and his wife, Rebecca, have decided to become spokespeople for epilepsy awareness.

Based in Minnesota, Jerry has been having seizures for several years. He said: ‘If we can help one person, or 10 people with what we’re doing, then that’s worth it”.

Over 20,000 fans at a recent game were given purple towels to wave during the match. Players also wore purple wristbands, purple towels and purple stickers on their helmets.

Jerry has been a football coach for almost 20 years. He has coached for four different American college teams, and is currently head football coach at the University of Minnesota.

Almost three million Americans have epilepsy.

Epilepsy Awareness month is the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s annual awareness-raising campaign. It seeks to educate the general public about the challenges created by epilepsy. You can find out more information here.

Epilepsy Action runs its own annual awareness raising campaign. You can find out more about this year’s campaign here.

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