PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared the month of November “Epilepsy Awareness Month” in Rhode Island.
The Democrat on Wednesday joined representatives of The Matty Fund at the Statehouse to help raise awareness of the brain disorder, which causes seizures. Epilepsy Awareness Month is recognized across the country each November.
The fund says nearly 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the U.S. each year. It’s named for Matthew Siravo, who died from epilepsy in 2003.
The Matty Fund’s executive director says it’s grateful for Chafee’s support of children and families affected by epilepsy.
The fund hosted several other events this month, including an annual lecture at Rhode Island Hospital and an annual “Purple Out” hockey game at the University of Rhode Island.