When I was a kid at 6 growing up back in the North East, my best friend Michael had Epilepsy. I didn’t know what it meant; I didn’t see him any different as any of my other friends in our bustling neighborhood in New York City. He was my friend. Today I miss him. This is something that means the world to me, for many reasons. Many reasons as a 6-year-old. I lost two of my childhood friends all in one summer. Arthur and Michael, Arthur was struck by a car and killed getting off our school bus. Michael took his own life at 7 years old.

Epilepsy is such a difficult condition to live with. I have witnessed it firsthand. As a kid.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease and affects people of all ages.

I have been a proud supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation  all my adult life.

Learn more here.

This Halloween when you see a purple pumpkin, know that someone has been touched with this incredibly difficult and sometimes misunderstood disease.

I miss my friend.

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