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Epilepsy Awareness

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Harper has overcome adversity her entire life, and her cousin Dee Dee wanted to show her how much support she has. Harper has overcome adversity her entire life, and her cousin Dee Dee wanted to show her how much support she has.

The Botkins community came together to show their support for their friend and family member Harper, who has a rare form of Epilepsy.

The form that Harper has is called Dravet Syndrome, which begins in the first year of life. The lifelong syndrome is not something that anyone would want their child to go through.

"It's a beast. It comes when it wants to, unexpectedly. She's a warrior," says Harper's father Matt. 

Harper has overcome adversity her entire life, and her cousin Dee Dee wanted to show her how much support she has. Dee Dee, who says she spent about two weeks planning the 5k, happens to be a bit younger than most event planners.

"I went to a run earlier and those people did it for a 4H project and I thought that was a cool thing so I asked my mom about it and I asked her if I could do it about Harper because she's just so happy all of the time," says Dee Dee. 

Carrie, Harper's mother, says that Dee Dee gets to choose where the funds raised will go to, but thinks that it will either be straight to Harper or to the Ronald McDonald House.

"Today is just to have fun. For everyone to come together, and to show her cousin support in doing this big project and to raise awareness for epilepsy," says Carrie. 

Harper could not be at the 5k today, but her service dog Hero was there to support her. 
 

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