This past weekend I participated in the Brainstorm walk/run for epilepsy at the lakefront.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type. Seizures ("fits," convulsions) are episodes of disturbed brain function that cause changes in attention or behavior. They are caused by abnormally excited electrical signals in the brain.
Beth’s daughter, Mali, was diagnosed with epilepsy a couple years ago. A year ago, at the age of 5, she underwent brain surgery to try and resect the area of her brain that was causing the seizures. They made it through most of the surgeries, but in the end they were not able to finish what they started. However, they were able to implant a device to keep her seizures in control and it has helped tremendously, although she still has them occasionally.
Her team name was Miles for Mali and this was the second year I participated. Last year the weather was cold and rainy, but this year was warm and sunny!
Here’s Mali with a cute flower headband in her hair.