One in ten people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and one in twenty-six will develop epilepsy. Epilepsy has a prevalence rate equivalent to breast cancer in the U.S. It affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. Yet it’s one of the most under-funded and stigmatized conditions in our communities. Often people do not understand epilepsy, the types of seizures, or how to support someone who is experiencing a seizure. We know with increased education, individuals living with epilepsy and their loved ones are supported in realizing their full potential.
Coach Kill’s Chasing Dreams Epilepsy Fund is a fund of Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN). The Chasing Dreams Fund was founded in 2014 through the vision of former University of Minnesota Gophers’ football coach Jerry Kill and his wife Rebecca. Coach Kill is personally affected by epilepsy and has a personal goal of raising awareness about it. Coach Kill and Rebecca’s vision has created opportunities to empower youth living with epilepsy through support of EFMN’s Seizure Smart Schools program and Camp Oz.
Coach Jerry Kill has taken the public platform to help those he calls “brothers and sisters” in the epilepsy community. Read more articles below to see how Coach Kill is continuing his mission in helping people with epilepsy.