Maryland Governor recognizes NEAM with purple lights

Bowie, Maryland, November 22, 2022 – Today, Governor Larry Hogan will light up the Governor’s House in purple not only to mark National Epilepsy Awareness Month, but also to celebrate the passing of Brynleigh Act (Senate Bill 299) and Bill’s namesake, Brynleigh Shillinger. Brynleigh, who suffers from epilepsy and a rare genetic condition called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), turned 9 on the same day. Maryland became the 15th state in the nation to pass safe schools legislation in April 2022. The passage of this bill is of particular significance to the Epilepsy Foundation, headquartered in Maryland, and its success follows similar legislation passed in other states.

“Earlier this year, I had the honor of signing legislation, also known as Brynleigh Act— which increases the number of staff in Maryland public schools needed to undergo professional training in crisis reconnaissance and response,” Governor Hogan said. “Our administration is proud to support epilepsy awareness efforts and advocate on behalf of tens of thousands of Marylanders across our state living with epilepsy.”

Nearly 60,000 Marylanders live with active epilepsy, including nearly 8,000 children and adolescents. Epilepsy affects everyone. Anyone can have a seizure and be diagnosed with epilepsy. During their lifetime, 1 in 10 people will have a seizure and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation strives to educate the public and advocate for those we know and those we don’t yet know who are living with seizures.

About epilepsy

According to World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder in the world, regardless of age, race, social class, nationality or geography. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden, abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain function.

About the Epilepsy Foundation

With a network of partners across the United States, The Epilepsy Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. In partnership with the CDC, the Epilepsy Foundation has helped improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expand its digital reach and online resources into homes across the country, and train people to seizure recognition and first aid. To learn more, visit epilepsy.com or call 1.800.332.1000.

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