MAPLE GROVE, Minn., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. [http://www.upsher-smith.com], in partnership with The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, today announced that the Neegaard family from Mankato, Minnesota, was awarded sponsorship to attend The Epilepsy Foundation's National Walk for Epilepsy® in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2012.
"Our son Willy was so excited about getting to meet other kids his age with epilepsy," said Chrissy Sather-Neegaard. "We are so grateful to Upsher-Smith for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend The National Walk for Epilepsy."
About the Neegaard Family
Bill Neegaard and Chrissy Sather are a blended family from Mankato, Minnesota. Bill and Chrissy have two sons; Gabe (13) and Willy (10). Both boys experienced seizures and were subsequently diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age. Gabe began having seizures at seven-years-old and Willy at four. Gabe is now off his medications and is seizure free. Willy is still on several medications and has breakthrough seizures occasionally.
Despite having two children with epilepsy, Bill and Chrissy remain extremely positive and continue to find strength by participating in programs provided by The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. Both Gabe and Willy have been active in the Shining Stars youth program since 2007 and are advocates on behalf of those with seizures. In 2008, the family participated in signing The National Epilepsy Foundation of America petition.
About the National Walk for Epilepsy®
The National Walk for Epilepsy is a family oriented, noncompetitive walk in our nation's capital to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. The Walk helps to support new and innovative epilepsy research, develop programs to educate first responders, and support advocacy efforts against epilepsy-related discrimination and national healthcare reform.
This year marks the sixth anniversary of The National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C. Each year, more than 5,000 people participate in The Walk in support of the nearly three million Americans who live with epilepsy every day as well as their friends and loved ones. For more information on The National Walk for Epilepsy, visit: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
About The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. One in 10 Americans will have a seizure in their lifetime and 60,000 Minnesotans have epilepsy, also known as a seizure disorder. The Foundation's programs and services cover all of Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota. For more information, visit: http://www.efmn.org.
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a privately held, U.S.-based company devoted to improving health and advancing wellness since 1919. Upsher-Smith demonstrates its commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of its customers by developing, producing and marketing consumer and prescription products. In addition to its strong heritage in generics, Upsher-Smith's branded businesses focus on women's health, dermatology and CNS therapeutic areas. For additional information, visit http://www.upsher-smith.com.
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