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Mother, UMES Pharmacy School Fight Epilepsy

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SALISBURY, Md. – Epilepsy is an illness striking nearly 45,000 children under the age of 15 in the U.S. each year. 

"Neveah constantly amazed me with her drive, her constant smile, happiness, joy and excitement in every little thing she did," said Natassia Feather, fighting back tears as she shared the story of her bright and active 9-year-old, recently lost to epilepsy.

"She is the inspiration for everything I do."

Her moving words motivated a crowd of runners at the "Strides to fight epilepsy" walk, hosted by the UMES School of Pharmacy.

"Epilepsy affects a lot of people and there's no cure for it," said Jeremy Peterson, student and race organizer. "So we're going to do the best that we can from the pharmacy world to advance the research and just help those that are out there fighting it."

Close to eighty participants hit the roads around Salisbury to raise money for the UMES Epilepsy Research Foundation.

It was the first event hosted by the School of Pharmacy, in an effort to get more involved in the community. The goal is to pave the way in neurological treatment for an illness some here say flies under the radar of funding and research.

"It's inspiring to see so many people coming together and putting epilepsy in the forefront of everybody's minds," said Feather to the crowd. "Each and every one of you can leave here with the knowledge that you have made a difference, and that difference will live on forever."

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