Action brings attention to epilepsy


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Mahoning County commissioners have designated November as “Mahoning Valley Epilepsy Awareness Month.”

Marty Smith of Boardman, the new executive director of the nonprofit Mahoning Valley Epilepsy Fund, told commissioners Thursday that anyone with questions about local monthly support- group meetings for epilepsy patients and their families and any other programs and services of her organization to call 330-270-8037.

The seizure disorder afflicts one in 100 adults and two in 100 children, Smith said.

“Epilepsy is more common than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s [disease] and muscular dystrophy combined,” she said.

The organization’s mission is to assist in the prevention, detection and control of epilepsy and its consequences and to help affected patients and their families overcome problems associated with the disorder.

The organization’s efforts consist of education, advocacy and support for those affected by the disorder.

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