NEW YORK AND LONDON (APRIL 26TH, 2016) – Living with epilepsy can be challenging, and even scary at times, but it doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing your dreams. With the help of their superpowers, the “Medikidz” are back to show young readers that you may be able to continue doing what you love while living with epilepsy.
This week, Eisai Inc. announced the availability of its latest book in the series of school-age comic books —as part of the company’s commitment to advancing epilepsy care by educating and addressing the stigma associated with the condition.
The new book “Medikidz Explain Playing Sports with Epilepsy,” tells the story inspired by 12-year-old Hannah and Olympic medal-winning ice hockey player Chanda Gunn. In the story, Hannah considers quitting ice hockey after experiencing a seizure during a big game. But with the help of the Medikidz, she travels back in time to visit 12-year-old Chanda, who was having similar doubts about sticking with hockey after her own epilepsy diagnosis. Knowing that Chanda has a big future ahead of her, Hannah encourages her to keep playing, despite her epilepsy—and in the process realizes that she wants to continue playing the sport she loves too.
As a spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundations’ Athletes vs Epilepsy, a nationwide program that brings epilepsy and seizure awareness to different sports through participation by athletes, Chanda is proud to help raise awareness and reducing stigma through both initiatives. For more information, please visit www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/get-involved/athletes-vs-epilepsy.
To order a free copy of the new book and to learn more about Hannah’s and Chanda’s experiences playing sports and living with epilepsy, visit www.advancingepilepsycare.com.
Jumo Health develops age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and relatable educational resources for patients and caregivers. We have experience serving diverse populations, covering more than 160 health topics across 75+ countries and 90+ languages – and we’re always expanding! Our multicultural offerings are designed to explain the latest in evidence-based literature using highly visual elements so that everyone can understand complex medical topics. Jumo Health collaborates globally with more than 180 advocacy groups and community organizations to ensure an authentic patient experience is accurately represented.