Marika Lopez always feared of burdening her friends during high school, but she courageously used that fear to motivate herself in educating others about epilepsy.
Lopez and Danielle Cosco, a McMath Secondary School graduate, are hosting their first awareness campaign “Seizure Soldiers” to talk about epilepsy in Richmond on Tuesday.
Their goal is not only to raise awareness of epilepsy, but to create a more understanding and accepting attitude about it in the community.
“It is my hope that through my mission for ‘seizure soldiers’ it will also inspire others who face similar obstacles to start speaking up and share their story and begin the necessary conversation here in Richmond, B.C.,” said Lopez in a statement.
She added that sharing her personal journey with epilepsy is important to her.
Visitors will receive handout materials and a small gift for their attendance at the event.
Lopez and Cosco are hoping a goal of at least 50 people will attend the awareness booth.
The event will be held at the Richmond Public Library Brighouse branch on Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.